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As I have a genuine interest in real estate and property investment, buildings and construction really pique my interest. One of the most important things when viewing a property is to assess its foundations. Every single property whether it’s a shopping centre, a house or a carpark is built upon a foundation, such as concrete or Helical Piles. The purpose of a foundation is to evenly spread the heavy load of the building across the ground so that it doesn’t sink or collapse. It might seem strange to put so much thought into something you can’t even see, but you should never underestimate the importance of your building foundation!
What is the point of spending hours choosing paint colours, wallpaper and flooring to decorate your beautiful home if it is not made to last. It will be all for nothing if you don’t first take the time to ensure that the foundation of your home is built to the highest of standards. It is completely worth it because it will prevent any problems further down the line. Building on the wrong type of soil where movement is probable, for example, can lead to cracks in the walls and ceilings and possible leaks in your home. Even the most lavish of properties can experience such flaws if they are not constructed upon a stable foundation.
Prior to deciding which type of structural foundation is most appropriate for your home, you must do your research and have a strong understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each. You might want to consider factors such as the positive or negative effects on the environment (if any) and what the overall costs will amount to.
Once the build is complete, there are ways you can protect your property to avoid causing damage to your foundation. For example, during the summer months when rain is less frequent, it’s a good idea to water the land surrounding your property. This will stop the soil from drying up and shrinking, consequently causing your foundation to move.
Until next time.