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Before You Improve Your Home, Repair It

Stabilize your home's structure before tackling the aesthetic

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Like most of us, you’re probably spending more time at home than you did before. That means, even if you hadn’t been given a mile-long “Honey-Do” list, you’re probably still noticing things that could be improved. Now seems like the perfect time to tackle those projects – and it is! 

But before you spend time, money and effort redoing the kitchen or adding a bathroom, there is one important question to ask. 

Is my home ready for décor-improvement?

Before your home was built, the Developer likely leveled the site, removing soil from high points and moving it to low points on the property. After all, it does not make sense to build a home on uneven ground. If that happened, the result would likely be an out-of-plumb, jumbled mess. 

The soil that was moved, which is typically called fill soil, often settles over time, causing a homes foundation to sink with it. Other situations, such as excess moisture from heavy rains or a lack of moisture from drought, can also cause soils to compress, wash out, or shrink. When this happens your homes foundation sinks with the settling soil, causing problems throughout the structure that can make aesthetic home-improvement projects a nightmare. 

Let’s say you are hanging drywall to finish a basement and turn it into a home theatre. If your foundation isn’t stable, that beautiful, smooth drywall can crack and gap over time as your home continues to settle from season to season, turning that fabulous man-cave into, well,  just a cave!

What about other décor-improvement projects?

It’s not just basements you have to be concerned about. Foundation settlement can cause issues throughout the home, as the entire house, regardless of how many floors it has, sits on this unstable foundation. So, if you are adding a washroom on the third floor, it makes sense to stabilize your foundation first, or you risk similarly serious problems down the road. 

Even a painting project could potentially be only a temporary success if you are covering walls that will crack in the future. And, if you are painting to cover cracks that are already there, please know that they will most probably reappear soon through the new paint job if you don’t address the reason why the wall cracked in the first place. 

Before you engage on any home improvement décor project, you should have your property inspected by a foundation-repair expert. These inspections are FREE and carry no obligation, so there’s zero down-side to scheduling your appointment – just the opportunity to gain knowledge about your home’s particular set of issues. Plus, the inspection can be conducted entirely without direct contact. 

If your Inspector is truly experienced, they can take up to several hours to complete the assessment and present you with the findings in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner – including solutions to permanently fix any issues. This presentation can be done remotely via Zoom or another video conferencing platform. 

Only then can you have the confidence that your aesthetic home improvement project, and any you may tackle in the future, will be a true success!

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