Having Foundation Repair? Here’s How to Prepare Your Home

When your home needs foundation repair, you’ll need to make a lot of decisions and preparations. Fixing structural problems and stabilizing the foundation is a major home improvement, and understanding how to approach your upcoming project can help ensure that the repair goes smoothly.

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Before the day of your foundation repair, your professional contractor will explain what to expect and how to prepare for your project. But in case you’re curious, here are a few steps to take to get your home ready.

Remove Your Wall Art

Stabilizing a home foundation requires the use of heavy machinery – which means the walls may vibrate. To prevent framed pictures and artwork from falling and suffering damage, take any wall art down before your foundation repair contractor begins work. 

Safeguard Your Collectibles

The machinery vibrations can also cause your decorative accessories to fall off of their shelves and tables – and you definitely don’t want foundation repair to damage your collectibles. For safety’s sake, pack them up for storage while your home foundation is being stabilized. 

Secure Your Furniture

How stable is your furniture? If you have a tippy television stand, wobbly bookshelf or any other piece that doesn’t quite sit right, take time to secure it in place before the foundation repair contractor arrives and starts using the vibrating machinery.

Protect Your Flooring

If your home has had flooring work done recently, you may need to pull it up temporarily to prevent possible damage. The same goes for carpeting in areas that need interior piers. You might also want to use a self-adhesive film to protect carpets in high-traffic areas.

Relocate Your Outdoor Gear

To repair your home foundation, your professional contractor will need easy access to the perimeter of your house. Before the day of your repair, take a walk around the property and relocate outdoor items — like grills, patio furniture and gardening supplies – that may be in the way.

Prepare Your Plants

Speaking of gardening, you might want to preserve the plants adjacent to the foundation before repair day arrives. Your professional contractor may have to do some digging, and if you don’t remove them, your flowers and shrubs could get trampled or destroyed in the process.

Plan for Your Peace of Mind

Sometimes, for safety, homeowner have to relocate while the foundation is being repaired. But, even if you can stay at home you may prefer to leave the house. The work is rather noisy, and that can disrupt your children and pets — and your personal sanity. You’ll know in advance how long the project will take, so you’ll be able to make plans for a daytime outing or overnight trip to ensure your peace of mind.

If your home needs foundation repair, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is which professional contractor to hire. You need a company with expertise, one with a solid track record of solving structural problems and providing high-quality workmanship. In the Intermountain West, Atlas Piers is that company.

Atlas Piers is a trusted regional industry leader with over 25 years of experience providing affordable high-quality structural support systems for homes and businesses throughout Utah, Nevada and Wyoming. For a free, no-pressure consultation with one of our professional foundation repair contractors, contact us today.

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