Should I Remodel My Home or Do Foundation Repairs First?
Whether you just bought a fixer-upper or have lived in your existing home for years and want to refresh the space, we recommend a foundation inspection before beginning any remodeling work. If foundation repair is required, it should always take precedence over home renovations. Find out why.
Can Renovations Come Before Foundation Repairs?
As a general rule, you should always address structural issues before partaking in any remodeling work.
Foundation problems usually include concrete settling or sloping. As the problem gets worse over time, it can cause serious damage to parts of the home, such as the exterior’s brick masonry or the interior’s tile flooring.
There is also the chance that the faulty foundation can cause plumbing damage, such as pipe ruptures. With a remodeling first approach, you risk serious damage to a newly refurbished home.
Can you imagine watching in horror as that new marble countertop or maple hardwood floor is cracked just weeks within installation? Some homeowners have indeed experienced this and it’s disheartening. On top of that, they also incur additional costs from having to repair those recent remodeling components.
How to Prevent Damage to a Newly Renovated Home
A foundation inspection should be a part of your renovation plan. A North Texas foundation repair may be necessary if you detect any of the following:
- Cracks in the walls or floors either in the exterior or interior
- Cracks in glass, such as the windows and sliding doors
- Windows and doors won’t fully open or shut, or require extra force to do so
- A noticeable tilt in the floor
- A split in the area where the wall and ceiling meet
Some of these symptoms can simply be due to an aging home and are actually what prompts homeowners to begin renovation in the first place. However, a foundation inspection is an assurance and prevents needless hassle, heartache, and additional repairs when everything should be complete.
We Evaluate and Inspect Foundations
Remember foundation repair for remodeling is not a strict requirement. However, it’s highly recommended because the consequences are far more disheartening and financially costly if repairs are done post-renovation. If you have a remodeling planned, call Align Foundation Repair for an evaluation. We provide a free estimate should repairs be needed.