If you’re considering restumping your house, you probably have a lot of questions. In this blog post, we’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions about restumping, including what materials to use and whether or not insurance will cover the cost.
What is restumping?
Restumping is the process of replacing or repairing the support stumps that hold up your house. Over time, these stumps can rot, become infested with termites, or simply settle and shift, causing your house to become unstable. Restumping is a major home renovation project, but it’s important to make sure that your house is safe and structurally sound.
What material are restumping stumps made of?
The stumps may be made of timber, concrete, or steel, and each material has its own benefits and drawbacks. Timber is the worst option, as it rots quickly and doesn’t provide much support. Metal is the best option, as it’s strong and durable, but it’s also the most expensive. Concrete is the most commonly used material for restumping, as it’s still strong and lasts a lifetime. This is one of the reasons why using experienced reblocking contractors is important rather trying to restump your own home.
Is restumping covered by insurance?
It’s unlikely that your insurance will cover the cost of restumping. However, if your house is in need of restumping due to damage caused by an insured event (such as a fire or storm), your insurance company may contribute towards the cost of restumping.
Buying a house that needs restumping
If you’re thinking of buying a house that needs restumping, it’s important to factor the cost of the project into your budget. Restumping is a major home renovation, so you’ll need to make sure that you have the financial resources available to cover the cost. You should also get a professional inspection to assess the condition of the stumps and determine how much work will need to be done.
How do I work out how many stumps need to be replaced?
Take the total area to be restumped and divide it by 1.2. This will give you a good understanding of the number of stumps to be replaced. For example, house of 120sqm / 1.2 = 100 stumps need to be replaced.
My house needs restumping. When is the best time to get it done?
The best time to get restumping done is most certainly before any renovation. This can’t be stressed enough. You should always restump a house before renovating for multiple reasons.
The house won’t be square and level when you renovate meaning the tradesman wont have a stable platform to work from and your new tiles, splashback and cabinetry could end up being lopsided.If you renovate and the house shifts, your new tiles, splashback and cabinetry could crack or even break leaving you with an expensive repair bill.
If you renovate and the house shifts, your new tiles, splashback and cabinetry could crack or even break leaving you with an expensive repair bill.
So if you’re thinking of renovating, make sure you restump first!
Do you have any other questions about restumping? Get in touch with our professional restumping company at Bendigo Restumping & Underpinning today for more information. We’re always happy to help!