foundationYou might not see it. You might not want to think about it. But you know it’s there. And if you don’t take care of it, you can find your home in a big bunch of trouble.

The foundation of your home deteriorates over time just like everything else. It just takes longer to break down. Every 40 to 50 years, it needs to be dug up and waterproofed.

It’s much more interesting to think about the “pretty” parts of a renovation: new floors, counters, bathrooms, windows.

But a neglected foundation can lead to water infiltration, structural damage, buckling walls. It’s not the basis you’ll want for your beautiful new renovation.

The foundation of your home is something your professional renovator will inspect, and if they think it needs some work, they’ll tell you from the start. They might suggest expert foundation companies in the area, or they often have the expertise to repair or replace your foundation themselves, especially when they specialize in basement renovations.

Whether it’s your renovator or foundation expert, the people who look after your foundation should be professionals. Ideally they will supply a transferrable warranty that you can hand over to the next owner of your home.

A foundation is not exactly a show-stopper with curb appeal. But in its own quiet way, it’s the boss. It decides the comfort and safety of your home.

Ottawa Renovates editor Francie Healey originally wrote this article for the GOHBA RenoMark blog.