So you think that your house has settled and are curious to have a professional look at it. You want to see if its level or not, but can't get in touch with anyone that will check it out for you. The house movers are too busy to answer the phone and the one's that do are telling you that the job is too small for them to handle. You have others that say that they will show up and don't.
I know that it happens, because for 9 years I owned and operated a house moving company, Hayes House Moving and Leveling, LLC. As much as I wanted to help homeowners that needed minor adjustments to their pier and beam foundation, I didn't have the time or the man power to effectively move houses and tend to the smaller jobs.
I recently sold my interest in the house moving business and I look forward to helping the market that I couldn't reach while running the bigger organization. Lafayette Home Remodeling is licensed and insured to check your home for level, perform foundation repairs, lift and level your structure, in addition to providing a maintenance schedule for the home's foundation.
4. You were eating your fingernails watching the water rise during the last flood.
5. You need a written estimate from a contractor to fix settling issues caused by the recent flood.
6. You are about to remodel a section of your home and you want to start on the right footing 7. You are preparing to sell your home and want to have a report to show prospective buyers that the home is level.
Signature 26 Point Foundation Inspection
1. The first thing that I check is ground clearance 2. Then pier spacing in all directions 3. size and spacing of beams, 4. size and spacing of floor joist 5. type and orientation of subfloor 6. look for additions/closed in porches and observe attachment 7. rate the subfloor at kitchen sink looking for rot 8. rate the subfloor at bathroom looking for rot 9. rate the sill behind the porch, or brick chainwall 10. rate the rot at window units 11. flower beds 12. bowl or turtle back, 13. bounce in the floors 14. termite sheilds 15. powder post beetle pin holes 16. type and number of piers 17. notice porches, awnings, garages, etc. attached to home 18. dimensional drawing of homes footprint 19. block placement at any window wider than 4 feet 20. note for standing water and slope away from house 21. note for leaky pipes/A/C closet 22. block placement at beam splices and proximity to floor joist 23. block placement under the load bearing walls in the house 24. block placement at the exterior doors 25. Zip level readings at 9 points in house with a time stamp 26. Action plan to repair the foundation and preserve the investment
We are your pier and beam remodeling experts and have completed over 1100 pier and beam foundation inspections in the last 9 years. We have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to pier and beam construction.
5 Home systems that need to work before "Making it Pretty" 1. Foundation 2. Shell - Roof, Windows, Doors, Siding 3. Plumbing 4. Electrical 5. Heating and Air conditioning
If you have problems with any of these systems then consider repairing or replacing them before your home addition or kitchen remodel. Who wants to paint their ceilings if the roof is leaking, or change their roof if the foundation is failing. All the systems need to be in good working order before you decide to make your house pretty.
Did you know that if you paint, change your roof, install new cabinets, etc. to your home while it is out of level, it will all be thrown off when you get around to investing in your foundation.... In cases where the homeowner puts the cart before the horse, the foundation repair contractor has a lot of decisions to make when leveling the home. If the homeowner wants a true level, the home addition may need to be detached from the home at the roof line or the beam connection, or the kitchen cabinets may need to get rehung. These are nightmare scenarios but they happen more often than you think.
You call a roofer to check the roof, a plumber to check the plumbing, an electrician to check the wiring, an HVAC technician to check the A/C, and a foundation expert to check the foundation. Lafayette Home Remodeling is the only home improvement contractor in the state providing a 26 point foundation inspection report with benchmarks and written report/recommendations. We are go to for pier and beam foundations. Call us today to schedule your foundation inspection (337) 451-1900
When you work with Lafayette Home Remodeling the scope of work, expectations, and prices are discussed and written in plain english for all parties to understand. Warranties and "what ifs" are discussed as well. Our straight forward communication style clearly sets us apart from many contractors. The transparency in the relationship nurtures the great client/contractor relationship that is needed in a home remodeling project. We keep it simple, by putting it in writing. Writing things down has served us well.
Written contracts protect both parties.
Once all systems pass inspection, its time to start the beautification process.