Posted on: 19 October 2015
When you consider adding on to your home, you have to decide what makes the most sense financially and what can be done. If you have been told there is no room on your property to go up or out, then your only option is to go down.
There are a few ways the experts can lift your house and add a basement onto the property, and you'll have to determine if it's worth the investment. Here are the things you'll want to do.
Consult a Civil Engineer
You will need a civil engineer to come look at the structure of your house. They will be able to tell if your house could endure having the ground below it removed and if it could be sturdy enough to be held in place while the basement is dug out. The engineer will also see if the ground is stable enough and capable of supporting a basement wall. The ground may not be ideal for a basement.
Get an Estimate
Have contractor that does excavating and foundation repairs and construction come to your house to give you an estimate for the costs to have the basement created. This is going to be a cost on top of the expenses to have the house supported while the work is completed. Make sure that the cost for backfill needed to support the property is included
Determine the Property Value Increase
Find out what your property value is going to increase by adding the basement. You can talk with a real estate agent or a home appraiser to come up with that amount. You are going to add the basement so you can live in your house more comfortably and enjoy it, but you want to know you'll see some of your investment returned if you go to sell the house later on.
If you think you would use a basement for lounging, entertaining and other things and you know it would make it easier to stay in your home, talk with the right professionals and see if you can dig under your home and put a basement. If you finish the basement you are going to get even more use out of the space and more money on the investment. The experts will be able to give you estimates for the cost of the work and they can apply for the permits to get the project started.
For more information, contact Tbird Design Services Corporation or a similar company.Share