In most areas, the houses are built on stumps, which transfer the load of the house to the soil underneath. These stumps are usually made from timber or steel since these two materials are the hardest and can easily support the entire house’s weight without succumbing to the load. However, over time, these stumps lose their strength and become weak, thus bearing the load of the house becomes impossible. Also, wooden stumps deteriorate over time due to soil moisture and termite infestation.
This is where you will need restumping works where the existing damaged stumps are replaced with new ones. Truth be told, restumping is not all a cheap affair since the process involves several steps which are quite costly. For this reason, before you hire a contractor to change the stumps or make some more to support the house extension plans, it will be pretty much helpful if you knew about the estimated costs.
For changing stumps, the total expense depends on several factors that one should know beforehand. And that’s what we will discuss here so that you won’t have to bear the unnecessary expenses after the restumping is completed.
A number of stumps to be replaced or added:
The first factor on which the cost of restumping will depend is the number of stumps to be replaced or added. For this, the contractor will first inspect the floorboard of your home for its quality and the damage extent. Once done, he will look for the stumps that need to be replaced.
Based on this number, you will be provided with an estimate. The number of stumps will depend on the type of house floor you have. For example, a 150 m2 timber house will require about 80 stumps while a brick veneer house having the same area will need 60 stumps in total. So make sure to ask the number of stumps to be added for extending the house or strengthening the floorboard foundation.
Space available underneath the house floor:
The next factor on which the cost of restumping will depend is the space underneath your house. If there is enough space to check and inspect the stump conditions and install them, the contractor won’t have to remove the floorboards or excavate to check the stumping condition.
But, in case there isn’t enough space underneath your home, the contractor will have to carry on the inspection after completing the preparation process. Hence, the cost will automatically increase in this case.
Choice of stumping material:
Stump materials will also affect the total cost of restumping. The cost of the stump material will depend on the length of the stumps. The width, and the type of material you will be using. For example, the maximum cost of each concrete stump. It will vary from $5 to $17 while that of steel stumps. The cost per stump will vary between $35 and $62.
For understanding this particular costing factor, you can ask the contractor for a cost break. Up for the various material types, lengths, and widths of the stumps to be used.
Condition of the soil:
The soil conditions vary from place to place. In some areas, you will have a hard rock bed that needs extensive digging or excavation for placing the stumps. In such cases, the total restumping cost will be high. However, if the soil is soft, less effort needs to be put in, hence, the costs of such stumping work will be comparatively low.
Understanding the total cost of the restumping work is very essential since it varies from state to state. It is resistant to get in touch with a restumping expert to know the actual cost of restumping. With an estimate present beforehand, you will be able to allocate a proper budget for the task without any hassle.