5 Reasons to Fix Your Foundation Now (Remodeling to Equity)

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

         Leonardo da Vinci

Foundation settlement is a slowperpetual, undaunted process that accumulates compound interest against your property value. If you do not address the underlying issue, we can promise you –

  •   The drywall cracks will get worse
  •   Your sloping funhouse floors will slope at even sharper angles
  •   You may have worsening roof leaks from separating trusses
  •   Your sticking doors will get harder and harder to open and some windows might even prove impossible to budge
  •   Your property value will plummet  
  •   It will be impossible to sell your home for its actual value
  •   Your family will be embarrassed to have guests over
  •   Your home might be deemed unlivable by the county and get red-tagged forcing you and your family out.

These are just a handful of reasons to fix your foundation now! Just like with a cavity – foundation settlement will not fix itself. And, when left unattended, what was once a small cavity can evolve into an incredibly painfulremarkably expensive root canal of a foundation repair project.   

You need to take swift, immediate, and comprehensive action ASAP to ensure what matters to you most – peace of mind.

In this article, we are going to touch on the 5 Reasons to utilize Foundation Repair Now  

  •   To stop any further cosmetic/structural damage
  •   So you can remodel once and for all
  •   So you can sell your home for its full value
  •   So you can get in line for the long waiting times
  •   To get your peace of mind back.

1. Get Your Foundation Repaired Now to Impede any Further Cosmetic/Structural Damage

Foundation settlement incurs a tremendous amount of undue stress on your home’s foundation. This energy is then transferred up through the bones, inherent structure of the home, resulting in –

These are the classic signs and symptoms of foundation settlement. These signs and symptoms will deteriorate as time goes on, translating into –

  •   Larger cracks in the drywall
  •   Bowing/concaved drywall
  •   More cracks in drywall
  •   Kitchen cabinets/countertops with a significant gap at the wall
  •   Floors that feel like you’re walking up and downhill
  •   Windows that won’t open at all / doors that take some umph to manage
  •   Leaks during the rainy season due to separating trusses (results in lumber rot, ruined carpet, and fried appliances)  
  •   Larger, longer stucco cracks
  •   Larger footing cracks (which can lead to water damage and rust out your footing)
  •   Chimney separation

In short, the problems get bigger and more expensive to fix further down the road. In addition, the longer you wait, and the deeper your home settles – lessening our chances of returning your home to a higher maximum practical recovery level.   

And, probably most importantly, it is imperative to address the root of the problem. Back to our cavity analogy – after the damage is done you can brush your teeth all you want. It’s not going to fix the issue.

The ole’ spruce up and patch-and-paint will not fix foundation settlement. In fact, that’s a great way to burn through loads of cash for nothingZilchNada.

The cracks will come back. The self-leveling floor compound you bought is a temporary fix. Those doors you just shaved down are useless if you ever choose to lift and stabilize your foundation.

Don’t pour timemoney, and effort into brushing the tooth that is already rotten to the core – it just hurts.  

Foundation repair blocks further cosmetic/structural deterioration and often returns adverse signs and symptoms back to normal.  

Cracks are fitted back together. Door and window frames are returned to square. Slanted floors are releveled. It is, for all intents and purposes, a tremendous “healing process” for the home.

Again, the longer you wait the more cosmetic/structural damages occur and the harder it is to correct it down the line.

2. Fix Your Foundation Now so you can Remodel Once and For All

 Is your home feeling dated? Trying to keep up with your extra sister-in-law or the Joneses? Maybe you’ve been planning your ultimate luxurious bathroom complete with a jacuzzi-jet bathtub and walk-in shower for the ultimate spa experience?

Or maybe you just want to throw some juicy T-bone steaks out on the Traeger and knock back some Stone IPA with the boys on a new deck?

The truth is – home remodels and home additions need to wait until after a home’s foundation has been repaired.

Any remodeling or add-ons prior to a foundation repair is simply flushing money down the drain. The drywall cracks will return. The new floor might separate. It’s all gonna burn. So, if you’re ready to update – fix your foundation now!     

After your home has been lifted to maximum practical recovery and stabilized, then you can begin the remodeling process:

  •   Update the kitchen
  •   Put new windows in the living room
  •   Knock down the walls between the moved-out kids’ rooms for the ultimate game room

Now is the time to remodel, especially on the heels of COVID 19, lumber and supply prices continue to soar. According to USA Today, lumber prices have risen 252% in recent months and who knows when the bubble will pop.  

If you want to remodel on the cheap, you’ll want to hop in line for a foundation repair ASAPInvest in a remodel that will last and secure long-term equity in your home.  

3. Remodel Now So You Can Sell Your Home for Full Value

Right now, the home market is hot! So hot we wrote an entire article dedicated to helping you sell your home in this unprecedented market: Sell Your Home with Foundation Issues (2 Options).

Here at Dalinghaus, we want to make sure you get the best possible bid for your home. Foundation issues can take a huge bite out of your equity, lowering your home’s price value by 10 to 20 percent.

That can be up to 70k in a home worth $350,000. And let’s be real – many homes in SoCal are easily going for 500 to 600k – which means potentially more money to lose.

The average cost of foundation repair with Dalinghaus Construction Inc. is $24,000. Click the link below to learn about your financing options –

Even with our baseline 70k loss scenario, you could still be up 46k after fixing your home’s foundation. And, in this market, many homes are going 50k above the asking price.

Don’t miss out on a huge windfall because you’re not willing to invest 24,000 in your home, especially when we offer financing.   

 If you want to sell – the time is now…so, get in line.

4. Sign your Foundation Repair Contract Now to Get in Line

This reason wraps up all of the other reasons thus far. You want to go through the steps of foundation repair to get in line so that:

  •   You can stop further cosmetic/structural damage
  •   You can remodel once and for all
  •   You can sell your home

Unfortunately, foundation repair is a long process. Check out our article: Foundation Repair Timeline (From Inspection to Completion).

Foundation Repair Timeline –

Inspection scheduling                                             2 weeks

Inspection                                                                         1.5 hours (one day)

Proposal Interim                                                           1 day to 6 Months

Engineering                                                                      4-6 weeks

Permitting                                                                         4-16 weeks

Active Job Site Timeframe                                    1 -2 weeks

Total                                                                       11-26 weeks

*Note – this process can take up to 6 months, so plan on timeframe flexibility.                                  

         

There are a helluva lot of steps when it comes to foundation repair – there’s a lot of red tape. Here at Dalinghaus Incorporated Inc., we utilize a first-come, first-served model.

The sooner book a foundation repair inspection, the sooner you can sign the proposal/contract, the sooner we can begin the permitting/engineering/production process.

For our veterans, this process is kind of like the military – we need to hurry up and wait.

So, the sooner you start, the sooner we finish.  

5. Get Foundation Repair Done Now To Get Your Peace of Mind Back

Foundation failure puts everything above in jeopardy, from finances to family, to peace of mind. And, even worse, it interrupts your story. You’re a mom. You’re a dad. You’re a working woman. You’re hitting the books hard trying to finish school or juggling the 9-to-5 and church choir.   

We are here in support of the artist, the engineer, the retiree wanting to live out their golden years in peace. We are here to support you.

You have dreams. You have goals. You have ambitions. Foundation failure is the last thing anyone needs – ain’t nobody got time for that (or the money).

The truth is if we don’t face our enemies head-on, they loom over us – always simmering on the back burner, just negating perfect peace of mind.

You are the hero of your story

Dalinghaus is here to help you never settle. We are here to educate, guide, and give direction.

It’s time to get your peace of mind back now, so you can focus on what really matters.

Choose Dalinghaus 

There is a long litany of foundation repair companies you can choose from. We hope you choose Dalinghaus Construction Inc. We have over 2000 successful foundation repairs under our belt and over 100 years of combined foundation repair experience.

But don’t take our word for it, we have a strong Google rating of 4.9 stars out of 289 reviews.

Still not convinced? Check out our article on the origins of Dalinghaus Construction Inc., the story of two farm boys from Kansas who work hard to do it the right way – Why Hire Dalinghaus Construction Incorporated?

If you live in Southern California or Central Arizona and are ready to fix your foundation NOW, click the link below for a FREE foundation repair inspection –

WRITTEN BY

Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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