I moved to KC about a year ago. I think I asked in a thread about buying a house with a leaky basement and what could be done to fix it. A few posters told me to run away as quickly as possible.
Would that I could go back in time and listen to them.
As it turns out, my back patio has sunk a bit in 30 years and now slopes towards my house, so I get a few square yards of my patio under a few inches of water every time it rains hard enough. And all that water runs into the basement through a crack in the wall that the previous owner supposedly patched. Water comes in the front of the house as well, probably thanks to the ivy the previous owner planted and which has now eaten its way through the basement wall, though I can’t tell for sure since the first owner half-finished the basement, just enough to keep me from being able to see where the water is coming in.
I can’t use about half of my basement because I have to leave that floorspace free for the water to flow towards the floor drain during big storms. Getting this fixed would involve tearing out and replacing the patio, plus putting some sort of concrete lip a few feet out from the front of the house to keep the water sloped away.
The really awful part is, I can’t get any of that taken care of because I already spent $2,000 getting new siding on half of the house and having the chimney box basically rebuilt in an attempt to solve a leak in my living room ceiling about which the previous owner failed to inform me. And that didn’t work, either.