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During the month of February the focus in on love. It’s a time for everyone to reflect on what they love most in life. The affection is usually shown to your Valentine and family members. It can also be a time to reflect on what you love the most. Your home may fall into the category of what you love the most. It really is your home sweet home!
Have you lost the loving feeling toward your home lately due to cracks or repairs that need to be fixed? If you witness a crack or collapse of your garage door opening, pulling into your driveway it can be a very stressful experience each day. When you come home you want to experience peace, but all you can focus on is that potentially dangerous crack above the place where you’re about to park your car for the night. Read More ⇒
Does your deck seem to tilt or lean? Is it lower in one corner or on an entire side? Does it look like it is detaching from the house? It is not uncommon for deck posts and support columns to sink over time. As the posts and columns sink deeper into the ground, the deck is compromised and begins to sag and become unlevel. At the first sign of sinking, it is imperative to evaluate the deck’s safety. Even minimal settling is a safety hazard and can lead to costly repairs if not handled promptly.
With the cycles of freezing weather, we have had in the Atlanta area, soil can shift and cause further settling. This can worsen the stability of the deck and possibly render it unsafe for use. Many people try to build up the areas where the sinking is obvious, but never really address the root cause. Just replacing a post or two may bring a deck or porch back to level, but it is likely only a temporary fix. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair, we will identify the cause of the sinking and fix the problem once and for all. Read More ⇒
If your home is on the market and you have a potential buyer, the first thing that any buyer will want is an inspection of your home. Whether you agree to pay for the inspection or the buyers offer to pay, failing an inspection leaves you in a bind.
A home inspection is a binding agreement that your home is in good, selling condition. Not all homes that fail inspection require significant repairs, while some do. A failed inspection simply says that there are certain areas of your home that are not up to standard. So, what do you do? Read More ⇒
Spring is here, and this is the most popular time of the year for people to look for a new home. In this current Seller’s Market, houses have become less available than they were just a few short years ago. Many people are often prepared to compromise on somethings when it comes to buying a home – commute distance, basement, lot size, school district, and even budget – there are other compromises that are not easy to make. A house with a foundation issue should be a red flag for any potential home buyer. No one wants to purchase a new home only to have to throw more money at a problem that requires serious repair work. Read More ⇒
A home is generally the largest purchase a person or couple will make in his/her lifetime. With such a great expense, home insurance is a necessary cushion to protect the investment. Many homeowners assume that purchasing home insurance covers the entire house – from the foundation to the roof. However, in failing to read the fine print, many homeowners are surprised to learn that their home insurance policies do not cover the entire house, including the foundation. Read More ⇒
All houses settle over time, and not all signs of settling are cause for panic. However, understanding what is “normal” and what is not is essential in identifying structural problems that indicate huge issues with your home.
Settling happens for a variety of reasons, and in most cases, it is not something that needs to be stressed over. The weight of a home is a substantial amount of weight, and the ground beneath a home will sink down a bit over time as it is greatly compressed. Good home construction will build the component of settling into the construction of the home so that the home will properly withstand the normal settling that is going to occur. In fact, homes begin settling almost as soon as they are constructed. Gravity and exposure to the elements cause a home to settle – and neither can be avoided. Read More ⇒
As the year draws to a close, there is no better time than to do a thorough DIY inspection of your home. As your largest investment, it is imperative that you take the necessary means to make sure that your home is doing well and holding up properly. However, as important an investment as your home is, its health is often not given a moment’s thought until one of two things occurs: 1) you plan on moving and need to put it on the market, or 2) something goes wrong. Waiting until the last minute to take care of your home often leaves you with a severe and expensive issue to deal with. While nothing beats a professional inspection of your home, doing a DIY examination of your property can help you catch issues before they become major problems.
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