Basements and foundations are one of the most important parts of stable home construction.  It's literally the foundation of a home.  Cracks in the foundation or leaks in the basement are signs that the house is needed some serious repairs that could not only lower the value of the home or in some cases could make the home unlivable if not attended.  Typically this kind of work is not done by the homeowner or as a DIY project on the weekend, but rather should only be completed by professionally trained foundation repair experts. It's always best to get multiple quotes before hiring a contractor to do any basement repairs or you can get up to 3 quotes quickly by looking at local foundation repair pros near you.

If your basement is flooded or you see water in your basement, it's best to hire a basement waterproofing company to evaluate the leak and provide some estimates for repairs.  You can also check out local basement waterproofers near you to get quickly matched with some pros.

Basement remodeling is ideal for anyone that wants to have a finished basement or utilize the space in the home more.  Hiring a contractor to remodel a basement can be a lenghtly process that requires several contacts in order to get the project started.  It's best to get at least 3 quotes before signing any contract.

Cordless 18-volt drill for DIY remodeling projects (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
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Even if you aren’t remodeling a room on your own, chances are you like to dabble from time to time.
Damage to a house in Louisa County, Virginia, made a red brick fireplace makeover likely after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on August 23, 2011. (Photo by Photo courtesy of Christopher Swezey / USGS)
Structural EngineersStorm Preparedness
An earthquake retrofit costs an average of $4,700. Most jobs range between $3,500-$7,000.
 (Photo by Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Structural EngineersPlanning a Remodel
The cost to remove load bearing walls averages $6,000. Most jobs will cost between $3,000 and $9,000.
hole being dug beside house
Structural Engineers
Dear Angie: Is it feasible to dig a new basement under an existing two-story home? If so, what might it cost? – Brian A. of Washington, D.C.
Interior remodeling project, in progress.
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Dear Angie: How much should it cost to remove a wall? We want to take out about 9.5 feet of a wall that runs from an exterior wall of the house to an interior wall. – Jenny H., Tampa, Florida
 
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