The value of your home is dependent upon many factors, including the quality and integrity of its foundation. A poor foundation can detract from your home’s value, comfort, and appearance, while ensuring that your foundation is strong and in good repair can benefit you today and in the future. Whether you are planning to sell your home or simply want to a place to live for years to come, taking care of your foundation offers numerous benefits.
One of the most obvious ways in which foundation problems affect your home is its appearance. As your foundation shifts and settles, it can cause cracks to appear both inside and outside your home. These cracks are unsightly, affecting the look of your home’s interior while detracting from its exterior curb appeal. Over time, foundation settling will also affect the appearance of your door and window frames, causing damage or deterioration that further diminishes your home’s look and even its security. A home that looks to be in poor repair won’t retain its value over time, which could hurt you if you’re looking to sell your home in the future.
Comfort and Cost of Living
Even if you’re not planning to sell your home, a poor foundation can affect your comfort and cost of living in many ways. Sloping floors can be difficult or even dangerous to walk across. Severely slanted floors can even cause furniture or other items to become unstable and fall, causing damage or risking injury. Cracks and gaps around your floors, ceilings, doors, and windows can allow drafts inside, which affects the temperature in your home. To offset these drafts, you’ll need your HVAC system to work much harder. This will not only raise the cost of heating and cooling your home, it will reduce the longevity of your furnace and air conditioner, requiring you to replace them much sooner.
If you are looking to sell your home, you may ultimately be concerned with how your home’s foundation affects its sale price. You are required to outline any current or past foundation problems you have had with your home during a sale. If you have not addressed previous issues, buyers may want you to make repairs or lower the price of your home before they will make a bid. However, showing that you have made foundation repairs in the past can actually increase the sale price of your home. By proving that you have had a reputable foundation contractor make long-lasting repairs to your foundation, you’ll address any concerns buyers may have over the quality of the foundation. When selling a home, proof of a top-quality repair is just as valuable as offering a home with a well-constructed foundation from the start.
A healthy foundation will improve the value and comfort of your home, regardless of whether you’re planning to say or go. Take a look through our website for more information about our foundation services throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. You can also find out more about maintaining and repairing your foundation in the articles on our blog.