Post and Pier Foundations
Post and pier foundations are typically found in
older homes, those dating to the 1950’s and earlier. However there are some more modern homes out there with
this type of construction.
We can add a new foundation to a home that is
using this type of foundation.
There are several reasons why you would want to
add a new foundation to a home like this.
Typically they are hard to finance. Most lenders
will want an appraisal to reflect comparable homes that have sold recently. The problem with this is that they
are not common enough in Southern Oregon to find good comparable's to include in the appraisal. Thus the
lenders will not finance the home.
Secondly there are safety issues with a home that
does not have a foundation. First if there was ever and earth quake it is easy for the posts to become
dislodged. With the posts dislodged the home can fall down completely or a portion of the home may fall. And yes
we do have the occasional earth quake in Oregon.
Third, if the home is located on clay, the
heaving from the expansion and drying can easily move these posts causing them to move or buckle. This in turn
can create sagging in the home and unevenness in the floors.
Finally, we have seen many of these post and pier
foundations where the post is sitting bare dirt or sitting on another wood block that is in the bare dirt. The
issue with this is that the posts can rot quickly which in turn can cause structural movement and
If you own a home with this type of construction
or are thinking about buying a home with this construction. Give me a call and I can give you a free appraisal
ion the costs for the installation of new concrete foundation. 541-840-6572