It probably isn't a good sign to go into a master bedroom and experience bouncy, bouncy wall support.
Entering the bedroom, from the windows, I noticed that the bathroom door was not squarely in its surround! Interestingly, the door itself was level, the wall was not! And under the door was a bit of a sag. Well, a lot of a sag!
Well, somebody had been living with this because they moved the strike plate on the door down to accommodate the new position of the door against the wall! Putty and all!
And, to top it off, when I walked over and stood in the doorway, the floor bounced.
And I mean it bounced!
I could make it bounce with not much effort and the bounce was accompanied by a very loud squeal!
As it bounced, the bathroom cabinet anchored against that wall bounced too.
Previous residents had been living with that too, because they had caulked this cabinet many times. MANY TIMES! The most recent time was probably just before they moved out (house was vacant) and put the house on the market.
I guess they caulked it so nobody would notice the bounce?
The wall housing the door framing was not the load-bearing wall. That was inside the bathroom about 3'. I emailed these photos to an engineer friend who said that in this era (house built in 1990) they did not frame properly for the span from exterior wall to interior load-bearing wall, which also had to hold up another intermediate wall. Hence the bounce.
So homeowners have been living with this for 22 years as it got progressively worse and worse!
What can be done now? My friend said they would have to go inside the ceiling from below to see. Well, that isn't likely going to happen while a house is on the market!
My recommendation: floors don't bounce and walls don't sag without a reason! And it's best to have it checked out before, that is BEFORE, you move in!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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