Whether you are building a new home or a repairing an older home, you will likely face some basement work that needs to be done. If you have purchased a property and are doing a new build, the basement is the first step in getting your new home construction under way.
An old expression is that if you don’t want your house to collapse, you must have a good foundation. For many people, the basement is that foundation. It’s critical that your basement is done per local and state guidelines. There are building codes in every state and in every county across the United States.
Hanover PA basement construction is no different, so you should work with a contractor who specializes in basements. They will know all the local codes, which permitting is required, and generally will have a relationship with local inspectors already. This will play a big part in getting your project completed in a timely manner.
With construction, time is money. The longer you are working on a project, the more money it is costing to keep the crew working. You want to avoid unnecessary costs to stay under budget. Your budget is a huge issue because when it is gone, your construction comes to a grinding halt until there is more money.
Time is not as important as quality though. You cannot choose one over the other. Your basement must be done correctly. If cement cracks, you’ll have leaking basement walls, leading to water inside your house. This will lead to mold, standing water which can harbor bacteria, and not being able to use your basement.
If the walls of your basement crack, it will also be structurally compromised. The load of the building on top of the basement walls is carefully planned. Walls are planned to be of the proper thickness and depth, in order to support the load of the home on top. If your basement isn’t strong enough to support your home, the walls inside your home will begin to show signs of stress, like cracks in the corner.
Homes do settle sometimes, but with modern construction this is less likely to happen since more is known about foundation support, depth of piers, and materials that can flex without breaking. Finding a knowledgeable contractor is the best thing that you can do for yourself. Building a home is one of the most important things that you’ll do in your lifetime. It is the largest investment that most Americans ever make. Your home is representative of your family, your things, and your place in life. You want it to last forever.
A foundation for your basement that lasts forever is your goal. You want your home to last for your children, for your grandchildren, or perhaps it is an investment for you that you’ll sell in order to retire at some point in the future. With a good, solid, well-planned basement underneath your home, you can rest assured in knowing that your investment is safe.