The last thing any home owner wants is to have a real estate deal fall through on account of an easily reversible fault. It is for this very reason that it is super important to fully inspect your house before putting it on the market.
The challenge in this case is that if you are not an expert, some faults can and will escape your notice. A great example is that of foundation faults. To make your life a lot easier, below are a few tips and tricks.
These will help you identify and repair faulty foundation before selling your house in Houston TX.
Step 1: Identify the Problem
First thing’s first, you will have to determine whether or not your foundation is faulty. In this case, you can either do it yourself or have a professional run the assessment. Should you go with the former option, there are a few tell-tale signs of a damaged foundation to look out for.
One of these is doors and windows that don’t shut or open smoothly. This is usually a sign that the foundation is unstable and affects the layout and orientation of the floor surface above it. Other signs of a damaged foundation include cracks on the floor or walls, flaky floor concrete as well as moisture pools and mold on walls and floor.
Step 2: Identify the Right Contractor for the Job
Unlike other projects around the house, it is not advisable to DIY a foundation project. The last thing you want is to make things worse on account of the lack of experience. Therefore, if you find any or all of these signs while inspecting your house, the next step should be finding a contractor.
The experts will confirm the presence of a problem and help you come up with the best and most feasible solution. In this case, consider experience, skill, consumer reviews and of course cost. That way you can rest assured that you will get full value for your money and then some.
Step 3: Fix What Can be Fixed and Repair What Can’t
Foundation problems differ in terms of type and extent of damage that in turn determine the best intervention. In this step, you will decide on what action to take based on your preferences and the contractors advice.
The best thing to do is to ensure that you leave a strong and stable foundation for the incoming owners as a way to promote goodwill and to ensure that you get a great offer on the property.
Step 4: Reinforce Foundation and Related Structures
In cases of extensive foundation damage, you might need to reinforce the foundation and related structures. These include walls and weight-bearing beams. According to Jordan Geits, foundation inspector at House Cashin, Houston-based group of private real estate investors, the extra support goes a long way to ensure that your foundation repair is sustainable and reliable before you sell your house.
Step 5: Final Inspection
This is done to ensure that the repair work was successful and that the foundation is nice and stable.
This is pretty self-explanatory right? A good foundation will improve the house value and attract buyers resulting in a great real estate market price for your property, reported recently leading Houston-based real estate broker Keller Williams Memorial. It is truly a win-win situation for all parties involved.