3 Jul 2012

Renovation turns into disaster after house’s foundation shifts

What was supposed to be a renovation turned into disaster for one Toronto homeowner after his house shifted to the side as the basement was being dug up.

Contractors were reportedly digging out the basement as part of home renovation work, but the soil apparently shifted and caused an issue with the foundation of the house. Now, the home is facing demolition after part of it slid downwards, threatening to fall on the house next door, reports The Toronto Star.

"Right now it's looking like demolition is the only safe thing to do," Mark Sraga, the city’s director and deputy chief building official, told the news source. "Something shifted inside with respect to the soils which caused the house to shift and settle down."

Homeowners considering renovation should be sure they're working with a reputable contractors with a good rating by the Better Business Bureau. Be sure to check references and don't sign anything until a lawyer has looked over all the contracts.

Those considering renovation may also want to get their items out of the house while the work is completed. An affordable Toronto self storage facility is a great way to hang onto items as work is being done on a house.

Jiffy Self Storage, a leader in Toronto storage solutions, is currently running a contest on their website for a free iPad 3. Visitors to the site simply need to match a few Canadian landmarks and they'll be entered to win the iPad or one of several other prizes.

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