July 2018 - Carolina Foundation

Jul 26
Carolina Foundation Solutions Manufacturer Fortress Stabilization Systems Earns ICC-ES certification

Carolina Foundation Solutions, LLC (CFS) is proud to announce Fortress Stabilization Systems has earned ICC-ES certification for their carbon grid strap fiber-reinforced polymer composite system.

Carolina Foundation Solutions has had a longstanding partnership with Fortress Stabilization Systems, who is a manufacturer of various products, including the carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite system.  The ICC-ES stands for International Code Council Evaluation Service and is an organization that performs technical evaluations of building products, components, methods and materials. The ICC-ES certification provides peace of mind and reassurance that the approved products meet building code compliance and regulations.

The ICC-ES certification was achieved after several years of testing and research. The certification provides a competitive edge for choosing Fortress Stabilization Systems and contractors like Carolina Foundation Solutions who use the Fortress system for bowing basement wall and retaining wall repairs over other manufacturers and users of different carbon fiber products. Fortress is the only basement wall repair system with ICC-ES certification.

The certified Fortress product is recognized by every local building code agency in the United States and as a result will pass every building code inspection. The certification will give added peace of mind to homeowners that the product is safe for their home, as well as show potential buyers and lending institutions that they installed the best system available if should decide to list their home for sale.

“We want to congratulate Fortress Stabilization Systems for their ICC-ES certification achievement,” said Chet Miller, president and owner of Carolina Foundation Solutions, LLC. “CFS prides itself on using only the best and most proven products, equipment and material in our industry. We are proud users of the Fortress system and look forward to better serving our customers with this certified product.”

To see a complete application of the Fortress system click here. Call Carolina Foundation Solutions for your bowing basement wall and retaining wall repair needs at 877-770-7050 or fill out this brief form.

Jul 24
Real Estate Round Up: Home Inspection & Signs of Foundation Damage

You’ve made your home sale ready by making small repairs, listed your home on the market and accepted an offer from an interested buyer. Congratulations, you’re almost done with the home selling process. Now it’s time to cooperate with the buyer for a home inspection of your property. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a professional home inspector evaluates approximately four out of every five homes sold in the United States before they are sold. Home inspections protect buyers from investing in a home that could turn out to be a costly, money pit.

Home Inspection

A standard home inspection includes an interior and exterior evaluation of construction elements, such as walls, ceilings, floors, roof and the foundation. Interior evaluation will examine plumbing including toilets, showers, sinks and faucets used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes. In addition, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimneys, fireplaces and sprinklers are all inspected. Moreover, inspectors assess appliances including the stove, oven, dishwasher, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal, washer and dryer. Lastly, the electrical system is examined including the main panel, circuit breakers, wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, ceiling fans, light fixtures and receptacles. Exterior evaluation examines wall coverings, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, trim, doors, windows, lights and exterior receptacles.

Foundation Issues

A typical home inspection will take two to three hours to check the structural and mechanical condition of the home. Once complete, the home inspector will give a report to the buyer detailing what was found including problems that need immediate attention, conditions that could lead to more serious issues in the future and evidence of items that need further investigation by a specialist. Foundation issues are one of the worst issues that are reported once home inspections are completed. To assess the full extent of the issue it is best to hire a company, such as Carolina Foundation Solutions to have a technical expert come out to evaluate concerns laid out in the home inspection report, as well as a structural engineer visit the property to offer a remediation plan for the problem.

Repairs & Closing

Now the buyer may negotiate with you and request that necessary repairs be made. If a buyer requests repairs, as a seller you are entitled to a copy of the home inspection report. You do not have to accept the buyer’s request for repairs, but this may cause the buyer to cancel their contract. As an alternative option if you do not wish to make the repairs, you can provide a closing cost credit to the buyer. When foundation problems are present, it is best to get an estimate from a reputable foundation repair company, such as Carolina Foundation Solutions and compromise with the buyer on how to proceed. Before you accept an offer on your home, it is best to be transparent with interested any  buyer that foundation issues are present.

At Carolina Foundation Solutions, we understand that your home is your biggest asset and oftentimes your biggest investment. We understand the importance of closings being completed on time and as a result we work with our customers schedule to expedite repairs whenever possible as to not delay real estate closings. Call CFS at 877-770-7050 or visit us here to get help with your closing and get peace of mind that our repairs are backed by warranties that can include the lifetime of the structure.

Jul 10
Real Estate Round Up: What To Do Before You List Your Home

So you’re thinking of selling your home? Summer is a great time to put your home on the market due to warmer weather, school breaks, vacation time to visit open houses and tax-return lined pockets. Moreover, the economies in the Carolinas’ continue to be strong in 2018 with North Carolina being in the top 10 states with strong real estate markets this year and with South Carolina following closely behind attracting more residents from tourism and manufacturing jobs. Both North and South Carolina are healthy seller’s markets further solidifying it’s a great time to put your home for sale. Before you list your home, there are important steps you should take to make sure your property is in tip-top shape.

  1. Hire a real estate agent and have them walk through your home and around your property to offer suggestions on repairs or improvements that may help sell your house.
  2. Maintain your landscaping including lawn, garden, trees and shrubs.
  3. Have your chimney and fireplace checked and cleaned.
  4. Deep clean and declutter the interior of your home.
  5. Make minor fixes, such as repairing any leaks, giving a surface a fresh coat of paint or replacing knobs and handles on cabinets.

The first item on the list is extremely important, as this is a time that will allow you and your real estate agent to look for signs and symptoms, such as horizontal or stair step cracks, sloping floors, sticking windows and doors, tilting chimneys that can point to foundation problems. If you suspect any of these issues, it is best to hire a professional, such as a structural engineer to properly diagnose the problem and schedule a formal home inspection. If foundation damage is found, sellers have two options: 1) fix the problem before listing or 2) disclose the foundation issues in your listing. If you choose option one you are taking responsibility and must acknowledge the costs associated with the repair as this is not a simple patch job. If you choose option two, you must consider how this problem can affect your listing price and possibly consider lowering your price. It is recommended that you hire your own engineer or home inspector before you list your home in the case that if issues are found there is adequate time to reach out to a foundation repair contractor, which will allow any necessary repairs to be completed in a timely manner that will not delay your closing.

Call Carolina Foundation Solutions to schedule a FREE consultation at 877-770-7050 or fill out this brief form. Our technical consultant will provide you a permanent solution to your foundation problems. We make a conscious effort to schedule consultations and repairs with you in mind, especially in times of closing. Our products and repairs are backed by warranty, with some including a Life of Structure warranty to give you added peace of mind.

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