A homes foundation is critical. Without a proper foundation nothing else in the home matters.
That being said not all foundation problems are the same. Some cracks may warrant immediate extensive repair, while others may only be cosmetic in nature.
Prior to buying a home it's important to have an understanding of these potential problems. Having a professional home inspection is a must.
The following article posted by HouseLogic.com offers some great insight in regard to identifying general foundation problems:
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- Thomas O'Dwyer, PE