Pros and Cons of Restumping

When a house is built, it can be impacted by several things that affect its foundation. These issues could be things like settling the soil, too much gravel used under the foundation, or even an earthquake. No matter what happened to your home there are pros and cons to restumping your home that you should know about.

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If you have not heard about restumping before do not worry because many people in the world have never heard of it either. Restumping is when all existing foundation piles are replaced with steel piles driven into harder material than what was originally excavated for the home’s foundation. This process has both positive and negative effects on homes in Australia. Click here for more details.

The Cons Of Restumping Your Home

There are several things that restumping your home could do to it. They include:

Be expensive

This process is much more expensive than having the original foundation repaired or even digging up and re-siting the entire house because you have issues with its foundation. The cost of restumping your home will vary depending on the type of soil site, how many piles need to be replaced, and what contractors charge in the area.

Even if you find state government assistance for homeowners who need their homes fixed, there is generally a limit on funds available before you will receive no help at all. This means that you will still have financial responsibilities even if you get some sort of funding through programs set up by local governments. 

Length of time

One of the biggest cons also that most people have is the length of time it takes to complete this job. It typically takes 16 weeks from start to finish*. While you can live with cardboard, old carpeting and removed furniture in the home during construction, it’s still an inconvenience for many homeowners. It’s also more expensive than most other renovation projects since workers need to come back multiple times (for new boards and paint). 

Make your home difficult to move

Houses such as mobile homes which sit on top of four tires (known as ‘stumps’) can be picked up and transported somewhere else if you want to move. The problem with restumping a home is that it completely severs the foundation from the house so there will be no way for homeowners to ever relocate their homes unless they manage to dismantle everything and reassemble it under a new home site.

Cause structural issues

A lot of house moving companies will warn homeowners that if they have to move their homes, the entire structure may be unstable and therefore potentially dangerous. The best way to ensure your home is safe is to speak with a professional contractor that you trust before starting any restumping process as it can help avoid serious problems that could arise from having no support under your home at all.

The Pros Of Restumping Your Home

Restumping might not seem like an attractive option for any homeowner who wants to keep their costs low but there are many benefits to this process including:

Change of Appearance

The biggest pro for most people is that restumping make the most dramatic difference in appearance. The floorboards are usually what most people see when they walk into a house. If they look old, dingy or rickety, it affects their first impression of the home. Restumping completely changes this appearance for the better.

Additional Value

On a positive note, restumping makes some structural changes that add value to the house. The new boards are nailed down at a slight angle, which adds strength to the floor. They are also thicker than what was originally there, so they’ll hold up longer over time. 

Support

Another major pro is how strong it makes your floors feel under your feet. As you age, your body will naturally lose some of its ability to balance itself properly (and keep you upright). Old floors can be wobbly or creaky, so you might lose your footing and feel a sense of unease in the house. Restumping adds support to the floorboards so they don’t move when you walk on them. 

If you are still unsure about whether or not it is worth it for your home, read more articles like this one by searching online.