Many people don't realize that the condition of the soil can have a big impact on the suitability of the location they are planning to build a home. When a home is built on an unsuitable foundation, stability issues that compromise the home can occur. There are several things that can compromise the quality of the soil, so it might be best to contact a soil engineer to determine if anything needs to be done prior to the start of building.
The two main factors that must be considered are substance and the type of soil. The substance has to do with what the soil is comprised of. Typically, soils that have expansive clay or peat are the worse to build on. These must be addressed so that the shifting of the soil doesn't impact the home in a negative manner.
There are two types of soil. One of these is virgin soil, which means that it is untouched or undisturbed. The second is soil that has been brought to the site, which is known as fill. Virgin soil is usually compacted, but fill will likely need to be compacted.
Building failure due to soil is can render the structure unusable. Homeowners aren't going to spend money to build only to have something like this happen. They are counting on the contractor and other experts to ensure that things are being handled properly. If things aren't taken care of and planned properly, the person who commissioned the project might opt to pursue legal action to help them rebuild and cover their losses.