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What Does a Realtor Need To Know About Foundation Repair in Baton Rouge?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Feb 9, 2018 9:42:36 AM

What Does a Realtor Need To Know About Foundation Repair?Many assume that the job of a REALTOR® is as easy as buying and selling houses when in fact, there’s a lot more to this line of work. One of their most important tasks is to keep the buyer or the seller as calm as possible. This means that the bumps in the road a homebuyer might face during this process of buying or selling a home is to be absorbed by the agent.

One of the most stressful bits of information can come from the inspection of the home. A good REALTOR® will stick around through the inspection to keep their client in the loop on any repairs that may need to be made before the house can be deemed a good purchase.

Damage to the foundation of a home is one of the most significant possible finds in a home inspection, so it is very important to be proactive and understand the severity of foundation damage. However, REALTORS®, buyers, and sellers need to know a few things if this is discovered.

Identifying and Recognizing Problems with The Foundation:

The best advice is to be aware of the signs of foundation damage. Many of these indicators are visible and obvious. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Cracks in walls, floors, or ceiling
  • Doors that stick or do not open and close properly
  • Sagging or upheaved floors
  • Dampness or moisture in crawl spaces
  • Stair step cracks in the exterior brick mortar

What Should You Do If You Find Foundation Damage?

Neglecting to fix problems found in the foundation of a home can cause damage to floors, walls, roofs, and the interior. Acting quickly is your best line of defense. This is not always as scary or as daunting as it may seem. It is still very possible to buy and sell homes that need foundation repair.

In situations where you are buying a home, the previous homeowner’s insurance may cover the repairs based on the scenario. It is also possible to buy the home at a cheaper price, have repairs made, and turn the property into a very lucrative opportunity.

In selling a home, it is best to remain calm for your client and be honest and inform them of any damages and what repairs would entail. Help your client to seek out workable solutions. Get a quote from a professional foundation repair company, such as WCK, so that something like a crack in the foundation does not prevent them from buying their dream home.

As a realtor, you want to lookout for your clients. Home inspection can be daunting but knowing what to look for and that the professionals at WCK Foundation Repair are here to help you with quality work and customer satisfaction should give you some peace of mind.

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Topics: Buying or Selling Homes

Will Foundation Repair Keep Me From Selling My Home?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Oct 21, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Will Foundation Repair Keep Me From Selling My Home? Selling your home can be a stressful time.  Making appointments for showings and open houses, keeping everything tidy and answering questions can take a lot of time and energy.  When you decide to sell your home there is one other very important factor to consider, your foundation.  One thing that can make your home almost “unsellable” is foundation damage. However, this is typically only a deal breaker if it goes to market with unrepaired issues.  So, that means homeowners who’ve had their foundations repaired usually have one important question: “Will I have a problem selling my home if I’ve had the foundation repaired?”

The answer is no.  Like we said earlier, there will only be a problem if the foundation is damaged while the home is on the market.  In fact having your foundation previously repaired, in conjunction with a transferrable warranty can actually add value to your home and incentive for a buyer to purchase.  This is why it is very important to choose the right foundation repair company.  You want to ensure that the entire issue is addressed and fixed, as well as that the work is covered by a warranty that stays with the home.  The peace of mind that the buyer will have can be a great advantage when selling.

For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has been restoring value and repairing foundations for south Louisiana homeowners.  All of WCK’s work is covered by a fully transferrable lifetime warranty.  This warranty is absolutely free to transfer to a new homeowner. If you think you have foundation problems, check out the seven signs of foundation damage.

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Topics: Buying or Selling Homes

Ascension Parish Foundation Repair: Did My Home Builder Do a Bad Job?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Oct 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Ascension Parish Foundation Repair: Did My Home Builder Do a Bad Job?The excitement of moving into a new home can be hard to match.  Stepping into an empty canvas that you watched raise from the ground up can fill your imagination with all of the potential in the world and the memories to come.  So when all of your furniture is delivered, arranged perfectly and you’ve even had the housewarming bar-b-que with all of your friends and family, it can be disheartening to begin to notice the signs of foundation damage in your brand new home. 

While having foundation problems in newly constructed homes isn’t unheard of, the conditions of south Louisiana’s soil can make it possible.  Homes across our state are built on an expansive, clay-laden soil.  This soil expands with moisture and retracts with dryness.  Of course our tropical climate can inundate the soil that supports our foundation walls and, either wash it away, or saturate it, forcing it to expand and create pressure against the slab.  Also, during dry spells the soil will contract and pull away from the foundation, removing support.  It is this constant pulsing that causes foundation failure. 

So, if you notice some of the common signs of foundation damage, you may ask the question, “Did our builder do a bad job?”  The likely answer is, “No”.  Home builders in south Louisiana are familiar with the unique soil conditions of this region, and while building your home they will do everything to prevent future foundation problems.  However, in spite of the contractor’s best efforts, damage can still occur, sometimes over a short period of time. 

Occasionally a home will still fall under a contractor’s warranty if foundation repair is needed.  This means that repairs will be paid for by this warranty.  However, it is not uncommon for foundation problems to manifest after the initial home warranty has expired.  This makes selecting a foundation repair company all the more important.  A key element when selecting your builder and any contractors is to ensure that they are licensed and insured.  The same is true for any foundation work that your home requires.   

WCK Foundation Repair has been repairing foundations in our area for over 30 years.  They have the knowledge, experience, expertise and trust from the community as well as a proven track record of repairing homes of all ages.  WCK’s Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors license number is 47199.  By using the only proven method for foundation repair with Louisiana’s soil conditions, WCK stands behind their work with a fully transferrable lifetime warranty.  For more information, check out our foundation repair page.

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Topics: Buying or Selling Homes

Ponchatoula Foundation Repair: 3 Questions to Ask When Buying a New Home

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Aug 24, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Ponchatoula Foundation Repair: 3 Questions to Ask When Buying a New HomeHow far is my commute to work?  Are the schools good?  What days is the trash picked up?  When it comes to buying a new home, the questions never seem to stop.  However there is one very important question you need be asking when shopping for a house.  “How is the foundation?”  The answer to these queries, depending on what it is can create a number of new questions.  Here are three very important ones to ask if it is revealed that there is foundation damage.

  • Will I need new financing?

You’ve collected years of tax returns, months of pay stubs and diligently saved your down payment and now you have your pre-approval in hand.  Now that you’ve discovered that your potential new home has foundation damage, is that letter still good?  Depending on your financing platform it may not be.  VA and HUD loans require that a home is structurally sound.  Also, once a foundation problem is disclosed, a bank could still agree to finance the mortgage, however it may be at a higher interest rate or require more money down.

  • Who is responsible for the repair?

It is important to not only determine who will be responsible for the repair if you decide to go through the purchase of the home.  In short, it should be the seller’s responsibility.  You should also make your purchase contingent on the repair being made and passing an inspection.  It is also the crucial that you are heavily involved in the repair process, specifically choosing the foundation repair company.  The seller may be motivated to find the cheapest and quickest option.  You will want a comprehensive repair that also carries a lifetime warranty.

  • Is there any other damage?

The foundation of a home supports everything.  So as it moves, shifts and sustains damage it can impact other areas of your home.  From walls, doors, floors, windows, all the way to the roof, it is important that these areas are considered when foundation damage is disclosed or discovered.  The last thing you want after repairing the foundation is to be pay to repair drywall or your roof.

These are only a few questions that should come to mind, but they are very important ones.  The most important question to discuss with the homeowner, your realtor and your home inspector is the condition of the foundation.  Soil in Ponchatoula and through Tangipahoa and south Louisiana has unique, natural conditions that can be quite damaging to concrete and pier and beam foundations.  If you discover that a repair is needed it is important to trust a local, knowledgeable and trusted foundation repair company.  For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has been restoring the value and safety in homes across south Louisiana.  They understand the soil conditions and offer a fully transferrable lifetime warranty on their work.  For more information, click here.

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Home Buying in Tangipahoa Parish: What to Know About Foundation Damage

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Aug 18, 2015 10:43:23 AM

Home Buying in Tangipahoa Parish: What to Know About Foundation DamageBuying a home can be an exciting and stressful undertaking.  There are so many things to consider and many others that appear to be out your control.  Depending on banks, title companies and realtors can make your head spin.  In addition you have to consider schools, commutes and amenities around your new home.  One of the most important things to be aware of is the health of the home you are considering purchasing.  Foundation damage can be a major problem, even for young homes in Tangipahoa Parish

Here are a few tips to help you ensure that your potential new home has a safe and stable foundation:

  • Always use an independent home inspector

Never use a home inspector recommended by the realtor.  Not that there is necessarily anything underhanded happening, but that creates a situation where both of those parties benefit from the same outcome, and you could be the one left with an expensive headache. 

  • Never take a realtor’s assessment of the foundation

If you are looking at an older home, a realtor or seller may try and express that the foundation “has finished settling”.  The fact is that settlement never actually “ends”.  If there are underlying problems or no corrections have ever been made, then some signs of foundation damage can definitely be present and should be a cause for concern.

  • Be mindful of a home that has been recently redecorated

If you notice or suspect that major cosmetic renovations have been done, ask for disclosures that there were no cracks in the walls or other areas of the structure.  Disguising the results of foundation damage with fresh drywall and paint can be a band aid that hides the actual problem.

  • If there is known foundation damage, do not depend on the seller fix the problem

While it is a good idea to make the purchase of the home contingent upon the foundation being repaired, you need to be heavily involved in the repair.  The seller can be easily motivated to find the quickest and cheapest option to satisfy this demand.  Many companies are notorious for delivering a quote for only part of the repair.  Meaning this will be much cheaper, but won’t actually fix the problem.  This can and will leave you with more repairs and expenses in the near future. 

  • Be aware of any prior foundation repairs and corresponding warranties

A seller is legally required to disclose any known foundation problems as well as any prior repairs.  If you discover that any partial piering has been done, it is important to budget for or make a purchase contingent upon have that repair completed.  The warranty, assuming one exists, is also important to understand.  Will it transfer to a new owner to cover existing work?  Are there any fees involved?  Many times the stipulations that accompany a foundation repair warranty can be easily violated, especially when it comes to transferring ownership, if that is even an option.

It is important to be mindful and vigilant when it comes to selecting a home for you and your family.  Of course the layout, yard and different things that make this house a home are vital, but so is understanding the potential dangers and costs of foundation repair.  If you are in the market for a home, use a trusted, local structural engineer to inspect the house.  If there is a need for foundation repair, trust a local company that understands the natural impacts of Tangipahoa Parish as well as how to make the necessary repairs and offers a fully transferrable lifetime warranty.  For over 30 years, WCK Foundation Repair has been helping homeowners and buyers restore the value and safety of their homes.  For more information, click here.

7 Signs of Foundation Repair in Baton Rouge

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Foundation Problems in Older Homes

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Mar 17, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Foundation Problems in Older HomesThere is a lot to be said for having an older house.  Memories, character, charm, the definition of the word, “home” are only a few reasons people either consider buying or staying in a home with a higher age.  However, these types of homes provide a different set of challenges.  A main one to be aware of is the health of the foundation.  Here are few things that can impact an older home’s foundation.

  • Trees: One of the most endearing things about an established property is the maturity of the trees and other landscaping.  However these older trees and their massive root systems can wreak havoc on a foundation.  As the roots grow in size and strength they can impede near the concrete walls of the home.
  • Changing soil conditions: Just as the things above ground, like the paint color and car in the garage, will change; so will things happening below your grass.  Soil is consistently changing and the conditions that impact how it responds to water are changing as well.  The clay-laden soil that is common in south Louisiana is responsible for the majority of foundation damage in our area.  So over a few decades, it is not unreasonable for clay levels and soil saturation to fluctuate.
  • Settling: The natural tendency for homes to respond to the changes that time and weather bring is known as settling.  It is essentially the weight of the home continuing to sink into the ground.  When homes are built, settlement to some extent is expected.  However, prolonged settlement can lead to foundation problems.

While foundation damage can happen to a home of any age, there are some additional factors at play for older structures.  However, by doing regular checks and noticing the signs of foundation distress, you can save time and money while restoring your home’s safety and value.  Cracks in the concrete and brick, doors and windows that stick or won’t stay closed and areas where water collects can all be indications of foundation problems.  If you’ve noticed any of these problems it’s time to have your foundation properly estimated by a company that utilizes the best method for south Louisiana’s unique soil conditions.  For over 30 years, WCK Foundation Repair, and their drilled-pier method has been helping homeowners and communities restore their home’s safety and value.  For more information, click here.  

 

7 Signs of Foundation Repair in Baton Rouge

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Prairieville Foundation Repair: New Construction Homes

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Feb 18, 2015 9:50:56 AM

Prairieville Foundation Repair: New Construction HomesThere are few things more exciting than moving into a new home.  It can be an especially fulfilling experience to step foot into your new house that you saw built from the ground up.  Speaking of ground, it can be equally discomforting to find signs of foundation damage in your new home.  While there can be a wide variety of reasons for this type of issue, it is important to recognize the signs of foundation damage and understand the best options to repair it. 

 

 

Keep an eye out for these signs:

  •          Stair-step cracks in the brick or concrete
  •          Wide cracks
  •          Horizontal cracks
  •          Cracks that appear wider at the top than the bottom
  •          Cracks that create an uneven surface
  •          Cracks that appear in the corners of a wall
  •          Doors that won’t open or stay open
  •          Windows that stick or won’t stay open
  •          Uneven floors

It is important to note that new homes will settle.  It can be common to see fine stress cracks on the inside of your home, typically around doors, entryways and possibly ceilings. 

If you notice any of these signs it is important to contact a trusted, local foundation repair company.  If your home is less than a year old, it may be a good idea to contact the builder.  If your home has a structural warranty, contacting that company to report your concern is also a good idea.  Even if you aren’t the original owner, and the house is only a few years old, the warranty belongs to the structure, not the original owner.  You should also document your discoveries and concerns with photos. 

Keeping an eye on your home and making seasonal inspections is a great idea to monitor the health of your home.  Most settlement cracks are caused by short-term settlement, which can be expected with any new home.  Regular examinations of the state of your foundation and concrete can help identify long term settlement, which however unlikely, will need to be remedied.

When it comes to foundation repair in our part of Louisiana with our unique soil, WCK Foundation Repair has developed the best method to restore your home’s safety and value.  For over 30 years, homeowners have been educated, cared for and benefited from the drilled pier method that works best for south Louisiana’s expansive soil.  With a fully-transferrable, lifetime warranty, WCK stands behind its works and their customers.  For more information, click here.

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Buying a Baton Rouge Home With Foundation Damage

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Dec 8, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Buying a Baton Rouge Home With Foundation RepairThe end of the year, followed by the beginning of a new one, is the common time for people to consider making changes.  One of the biggest changes someone can make is purchasing a new home.  Now with this major decision comes a lot of smaller choices.  Yard, floors, paint colors, schools, conveniences and more.  Now, some of these can change or be changed, but some other big implications of purchasing a new house can harder to see.  None more so than the state of your potential new home’s foundation. 

To protect its safety and value it is crucial that you have the property inspected. Most home inspections that a mortgage company requires will address the foundation.  With that being said, it is important to understand the difference between an inspection and a free estimate.  While an inspection will be part of the home buying experience, a free estimate is only to address legitimate concerns with your foundation.  If you notice any of the telltale signs of foundation damage, a free estimate from a foundation repair company may be in order.  However, free estimates do not apply to a general check-up of your home’s health.

It is also important to remember that no matter what the outcome may be, it doesn’t have spell doom for the home of your dreams.  With a trusted opinion and proven solution, solving foundation problems before you purchase can make your new home that much better.

By law, any known foundation issues must be disclosed by the seller.  If there are unknown issues, these can be discovered through an inspection.  Ideally, you and the seller can agree on a repair company; but you can also make a satisfactory repair contingent for the purchase. 

Buying a new home is likely the largest purchase most people ever make.  Leaving something as substantial as the foundation up to risk is never a good idea.  At WCK Foundation Repair, we’ve been helping realtors, home owners, home sellers and home buyers for over 30 years.  If you are selling a home or buying a home click here for information. 

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Baton Rouge Foundation Repair: What to Do Before Selling Your Home

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Apr 2, 2014 9:41:00 AM

Baton Rouge Foundation Repair: What to Do Before Selling Your HomeWhen you decide to sell your home there seems to be a long laundry list of things that need to be done.  Find a realtor, list it online, mow the yard, tend to the landscaping, maybe paint, anything to enhance the curb appeal.  And that’s only the outside of the house, with open houses and showings, the inside needs to be constantly cleaned and straightened.  We’ve covered the interior and exterior, what about the biggest part of your home?  The part you can’t really see because it’s underground.  Your Baton Rouge home’s foundation can become a serious issue for a home seller, as well as a home buyer.

You are required by law to disclose any foundation damage to a prospective buyer.  If you discover you have an issue with your home’s foundation you have a will have a couple of options.  Likely the sale of the home will be contingent on the damage being corrected.  You can choose a company and have the repairs made, but the buyer may want to be involved in that decision process.  There are also a couple different outcomes that can occur once this decision is made.  One is good, the other isn’t.

First, as the home seller, there is going to be an urge to satisfy the contingency without paying too much.  Unfortunately there are companies out there that will do exactly that.  Be very suspicious of estimates that sound too good to be true.  There are some foundation repair companies that will quote and fix only part of the foundation problem.  This may satisfy the contingency and allow you to sell the house, but will result in further damage and costs for the new owner.  A second option is to either allow the prospective buyer to select the repair company or decide together.  This will possibly lead to a higher estimate, but undoubtedly result in a comprehensive repair that should correct and protect the foundation for the life of the home.

A quality, competent foundation repair company, like WCK Foundation Repair, can assess and repair not only the damage, but the causes of the damage to your home’s foundation.  For over 30 years, WCK has implemented the best method for our unique, expansive, South Louisiana soil.  Their drilled pier method is ideal for the clay laden soil in our part of the country.  They stand behind their work with a transferrable lifetime warranty.  For more information, or to contact WCK Foundation Repair, click here.

Topics: Buying or Selling Homes

Foundation Repair and Landscaping for your Hammond, LA Home

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Aug 22, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Foundation Repair and Landscaping for your Hammond, LA HomeA common question every homeowner has when they are considering foundation repair is; what about my landscaping?  In south Louisiana, we put a lot of time, money and work into our yards and flowerbeds.  Whether it’s elaborate rose bushes, crepe myrtles or any variety of foliage around your home, these elements can definitely affect your foundation issues.  We also recognize it’s a part of your home.  For Hammond foundation repair, WCK takes special care to maintain your landscaping as we take measures to repair your foundation. Let’s take a look at some common landscaping issues that can affect your home’s foundation.

When landscaping around your home, of course the visible part is going to garner your attention, it’s also important to consider what is happening below the ground.  The root systems of the shrubs, trees and flowers you select can have a drastic impact on the health of your foundation.  The positives of landscaping typically outweigh any potential negatives.  However with a careful landscape plan, you can enhance the beauty of your home without compromising the integrity of your foundation.

Trees often pose the biggest threat in a landscape design.  They also serve a couple of very valuable purposes.  Shade on certain areas of your home and property can provide comfort and even energy savings.  Depending on the type of tree and the design, they can enhance property value as well.  However, the root systems of trees, especially large trees, can affect the moisture in the soil supporting your foundation.  Also the growth and reach of root systems can directly impact the structure of your foundation, causing damage.

Taking some simple measures for existing trees around your home can help to minimize the effect of established root systems.  You can promote root growth by watering the side of the tree away from your home.  This way the tree can have access to the water it needs to survive, and you can prevent roots from developing toward your foundation. 

For homes that face a root system that threatens the foundation, or reaches under a foundation, root guards can be an adequate defense from damage.  Install the guards as far away from the tree as possible to prevent damage.

These are just a few tips to help your landscaping to help your foundation.  With smart landscaping you keep your Baton Rouge and North Shore area home’s foundation safe.  

7 Signs of Foundation Repair in Baton Rouge

Topics: Foundation Repair, Buying or Selling Homes