Your home is where you will spend the majority of your time. It’s also a place for friends and family to gather. So it only makes sense that every precaution should be taken to ensure your home is safe and structurally sound. Having a solid foundation is critical to its longevity and avoiding deterioration in the future.

Foundations are tricky. It is not always immediately noticeable and the repairs can get incredibly disruptive and expensive. So it’s best to catch issues early on and be proactive with a mitigation plan before things get worse. This is especially true for our California readers who are most prone to earthquakes.

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Curious to know how you might have foundation issues. Look for areas on your floor that are sagging, buckling, or leaning. Check the wood and the framing for rot. Other signs can be large cracks along your ceiling or walls. If you have large trees planted close to your home, the roots may creep below and cause foundation issues as well. Sometimes to be certain, it takes getting into the crawl space to really determine the level of foundation damage.

Foundation repairs can be done a number of different ways, but since there’s a lot at stake here these types of jobs are best left to experienced, licensed, and insured professionals such as Leet Construction Corp. Once you have determined the problem areas, a professional can further examine to understand the best repair plan.

Cracks can be filled in by using expanding foam, rotted wood can be replaced, and other structural areas can be reinforced by pouring new concrete or adding steel beams. A specific type of foundation repair is known as soft-story retrofitting, more common in earthquake-prone states. Soft-story retrofitting usually involves the installation of metal frames on the bottom floor to avoid swaying.

When repairing a foundation, it’s important to take preventative measures so that the problem doesn’t reoccur. For example, if there are water leaks leading to wood rot one should repair those problem areas to avoid further damage.

If you are in the process of repairing your home’s foundation, it might also be a good time to consider taking care of some home renovations or improvements you have been putting off. Might as well lump all these projects together, especially if the foundation repair already requires taking down some walls or floors.

There is a lot of information out there on how to improve your home’s appearance, but sometimes it can be difficult to know whether the costs are worth it. If you are looking for a way to create a more comfortable living environment, upgrade certain features, and increase your home value, reach out to Leet Construction Corp for our expert opinion and consultation.

Many people think that it is difficult to start a home improvement project. However, this is not
the case. There are a lot of minor things that you can do to make your house look better and
more inviting at a reasonable cost:

  • You can apply a fresh coat of paint on your inside walls. This can drastically change the appearance of how a room looks. Colors that are lighter and more neutral work best for
    the main areas of your home. Save the bold and dark colors for accent walls.
  • The same can be said for the exterior paint. Add accents to the exterior by painting the siding or installing new trim. Regardless of interior or exterior paint, proper treatment of the surface is important for a clean-looking result. This could be patching up any drywall and evening out the textures or pressure washing off dirt and dust.
  • You can also replace old flooring with fresh carpet or even better the latest in laminate, engineered hardwood, or vinyl material flooring. Hard flooring tends to help drive your
    resale value up more and minimizes dust.
  • You can install new shelves for additional storage and declutter your space.
  • Refinishing cabinets is a more economical way of updating the look of your kitchen without having to replace everything.
  • Install solar panels to save on energy costs. While the equipment is costly, you can usually finance them over long periods of time and receive various incentives.
  • Repair or update older windows with dual-pane windows.

These are just a few of the examples of home improvement projects which can greatly enhance the environment where you spend the majority of your life in. Of course, there are much larger scale projects such as changing the layout of your floorplan by opening walls, extending rooms, major kitchen and bathroom remodels, and replacing the roof. The options are endless and
really depend on your personal preference and budget.

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