Why Do We Even Need Foundations?

Why Do We Even Need FoundationsHappy New Year to all of our valued community of customers. Happy New Year to our team and all of our family and friends. It creates a warm feeling in your stomach, doesn’t it? You accomplished hopefully everything that you wanted to, and now you’re on the hunt for your next set of goals. We know that we are. We aim to have the mindset each day, but when there’s a holiday involved, specifically geared to inspire, there’s even more reason to challenge ourselves. We challenge ourselves for you and also for ourselves so that we can grow as teammates, employees, a company and as a general service that we can offer you.

Sometimes that means going back to basics and answering the simplest questions that you need the answers to. One such? Why on earth do we even need foundations? We know what they are, and hopefully, you do too. If not, definitely make a point to peruse the entirety of the Restumping Melbourne blog. It’s a wealth of knowledge. It discusses what foundations are, how we build them, the different tools and materials that we take advantage of, how they’re maintained and the role that they play in the bigger picture of your dream home. It’s a lengthy list. We can’t reiterate enough the importance of painting the broader picture for you and your knowledge. Only then you can feel comfortable about making updates to your home.

So, back to our question. Why does a home need a foundation? It’s not like it’s going anywhere, right? Wrong. The land and soil on which our properties are built shift each and every day. When there’s a big rainstorm, the soil will compact and shift. Conversely, when there’s no rain, the soil can dry out and not cause the fortitude that you need to keep your home in place. She’s a fickle mistress, that Mother Nature. Either way, there’s a massive opportunity for your home to move one direction or the other – not something that you want to happen.

We’re sure that it must have been an interesting conversation back in the day – the process of determining exactly how to stake your home into the ground so that it was as permanent as possible. The mechanisms and processes have changed over hundreds of years, but the premise remains the same. We know that there will be a continued evolution of said processes over thousands of years to come, as companies like Restumping Melbourne think through the right materials that leave the smallest carbon footprint, but still make sure that you maintain yours.

We do this with your input and feedback and value it more than we can say. Especially as we move into 2020, please continue to provide us with your thoughts and opinions on your experience as we restump, reblock or underpin your property. We’re excited to connect and more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

How to Prevent Foundation Damage

How to Prevent Foundation DamageNot a topic that we touch on a lot, is it? After all, if we’re a company that is so storied as experts in the restumping, reblocking and underpinning businesses, we should want you to have foundation damage, right? Absolutely not. We’ll always be here – by phone, email or in-person – to support if you’ve already reached that point, but it’s in the interests of everyone involved if we’re able to mitigate the issue entirely!

So, what is the homework that you can do to avoid working with us altogether? (We know, we know, we don’t want this to happen either, but we’re here to save you money and time!) You’ve already taken the first and best step. You’ve joined our blog community, and we’re thrilled to have you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been here once or a million times, we value you, and see you as far more than customers. You’re friends, you’re partners, and we’re with you for life. So, this blog can be our conversation platform to continue all of the important conversations that turn your house into a home.

Step one, complete. Here are other tips that we recommend in order to avoid any kind of reinforcement that you need on your foundation prior to any damage:

Leverage de-humidifiers and fans

We can’t tell you the number of calls, emails and in-person visits (broken record, but you really can reach out to us in every way!), that have to do with moisture. It’s one of those things that falls off of the radar really easily, but the issues associated are so easy to avoid. When you run a shower or a bath and there’s an accumulation of moisture, you have no idea how much of a catalyst it can be to your home and your home’s foundation.

Check all of the time

If your door is not swinging closed all the way, or jamming when you try to properly open it, you probably have an impending issue with your foundation. Keep a regular and critical eye on doors, floors, walls and ceilings, so that you don’t need to call teams like ours.

Do regular research

We know that it’s not fun, but if there have been seismic shifts in your area, or if the soil that your home has been built on has seen an abundance of inclement weather situations, it’s always in your best interest to spend the 30-min a week to check on what’s happening with the weather and the climate. Worst case scenario? You learn the information that you need to know now in order to make the right decision for you. Best case scenario? You become an aficionado about the weather, the climate, the temperatures of your area, and more. You might just find out that you should have gone into meteorology after all!

Questions? Comments? Give us a shout. The team would love to hear from you and start the conversation about the best ways to make your home the very best that it can be.

Foundation Horror Stories- 2018 Edition

Foundation Horror Stories- 2018 EditionWe know it’s not Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t like to share creepy stories when we can. These are not to alarm, but rather to educate and inform the valued customer base of Restumping Melbourne – always our number one goal. If you’re newer to the Restumping Melbourne site, welcome! We’re glad to have you here. You’ll find that we’re your one-stop shop for all things foundation reinforcement. If you’re old hat on our site, then you already know the name of the game.

We pride ourselves on our work and we pride ourselves on our customer service. Our support remains long after your restumping or underpinning job is done, and we’re always around to answer any questions that you may have. That also means that we like to have a little fun with you. Read on for some of our favourite foundation horror stories, that hopefully also serve as a reminder of the importance of our services:

The one where they didn’t vet their contractor

We’re going to lump many different stories that we’ve heard into one giant hypothetical nightmare, here. And reinforce exactly why it never pays to go the cheap route when it comes to labour. We’re talking about your home after all. This is the tale of a family who picked their contractor off of the internet and didn’t vet them or ask for references. They were so motivated to get the work done, that they allowed the contractor into their home and let him well enough alone. Imagine their surprise when they came home at the end of the day and all of their belongings were gone. He wasn’t a contractor at all.

The one where they weren’t on the same page with their contractor

At least in this scenario, the family had vetted their contractor. They knew that she would do excellent work and were ready to get the process going. Then began the conversations back and forth. The family thought that they had been very clear in what they were looking for, but alas- did not get it on paper. When the work was complete, it was very different than what they had imagined. Because they didn’t have any proof on paper, they didn’t have any sort of case against the contractor.

The one where they had the wrong sort of work done

These families experienced similar scenarios but at a much greater price. They didn’t know anything about foundation reinforcement, instead, were told to execute on the work by a friend who just thought it might be a good idea. The contractor came in and did the work, received his payment and left. Two years down the road, cracks appeared in the walls. The wrong area of the foundation had been reinforced and now the work had to be completed all over again.

As mentioned, these are cautionary tales that can be completely avoided if you work with the Restumping Melbourne team. Reach out with any questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you.

2016: A Look at an Exciting Year Ahead

2016--A-Look-at-an-Exciting-Year-AheadJanuary is a funny month. You might be feeling a wee bit sluggish from the excessive amounts of eating and drinking during the holidays. Reference miracle hangover cures for such ailments, here. You may be feeling a bit strapped for cash as the bills from aforementioned holidays begin to roll in. You might be feeling nostalgic for a successful year’s completion. We certainly are. We can’t thank your valued customers enough for a truly wonderful 2015. With your help, we were able to expand our reach and assist more and more amazing families and businesses. It’s truly through your positive word of mouth recommendations that we’ve been able to grow as much and as quickly as we have.

On the other hand, you may see January as the best fresh start possible, and an abundance of excitement and trepidation for the year ahead. There are so many possibilities—it’s a blank, clean slate. You can set your expectations as high as you’d like, there’s no one stopping you. And finally… It’s the month of a funny little thing called resolutions.

Resolutions can be our voices of reason, or the bane of our existence, depending on how you handle them. We like to always operate on the former. Here at Restumping Melbourne, we relish New Year’s resolutions. We can’t reiterate enough how much we strive for progress in this industry. We do so in a variety of ways. These include immersing ourselves in educational opportunities, like tradeshows, and pouring over related publications. We’re searching for innovations in both materials and process. We’re looking for materials which are light, but sturdy, materials that will last for generations to come so that you and your loved ones can feel comfortable in your home. We’re looking for the tools that will expedite the install process and make sure that it’s done well, there will never be holes or workarounds when you’re working with Restumping Melbourne.

So as far as we’re concerned, January is a really exciting month. We’re writing our resolutions based around the above goals and we’re confident that we’ll meet and exceed each and every one. We’re looking forward to growing in 2016—to working with larger and more complicated properties. We’re looking for challenges and we’re looking to help.

The best way to meet and exceed your resolutions? Find an accountability buddy. The accountability partner is a great go-to to track your progress with. Who best to fit this role for Restumping Melbourne? We didn’t have to look very far. We hereby designate each of our wonderful customers as our accountability buddies. It’s through both your positive and constructive feedback that we grow. Please keep us posted on what works and what doesn’t through any medium that works best for you. Phone? Email? In person? The forum doesn’t mater to us. We love talking to you about your experience, so that we can integrate those learning’s moving forward.

Looking forward to a wonderful year!

Spotlight on Outdoor Deck and Verandah Services

We give a lot of real estate on this blog to restumping and underpinning. After all, they are the bread and the butter of what this company was founded upon. But it’s not the full extent of what Restumping Melbourne can offer you and your loved ones.

When the sun is shining, do you want to hang out inside, cooped up with none of the benefits of the sunshine? While that may have sounded like a rhetorical question, I assure you that that’s not the case. If the temperatures are comfortable, then most of us tend to gravitate outside. But comfortable tends to be a bit subjective. If you have no cover or structure to your outside areas, then you’re exponentially more susceptible to sunburns and other negative effects of the sun. There is a happy middle of the road here, and that’s the perfectly designed outside deck or verandah.

Spotlight-on-Outdoor-Deck-and-Verandah-ServicesLuckily for you, we count these areas as passions of our trade and have extensive experience designing and installing custom deck and verandah solutions for properties of all sizes. This is not an off-the-shelf solution, rather we’re happy to work through your individual needs and what will work best for you. There are a couple of specific questions to begin asking yourself-

  1. How do you want to use your outdoor deck or verandah?
  2. What look or finish are you looking for, for your verandah?
  3. Do you want this area covered? Not covered? Partially covered?

These are the tip of the iceberg but they’re great inspiration questions to guide the exact aesthetic and functionality of your next deck or verandah.

As far as the first question, there are a million different activities that you can take advantage of your deck or verandah for. It’s a great place to install a pool or a hot tub, either now, or down the line. We can work with partner contractors to make visions like this come true. It’s also a great property opportunity to build flower beds or set out pots of plants and herbs to bloom. This way they get the most sunshine. However, it’s very easy to give these plants and flowers too much sunshine, so our design will take some cover into account, if this is your function preference. Finally, it’s a great place to enjoy a cool beverage and barbecue with friends. If this is your ideal usage, then we’ll make sure that you have as much space as possible to invite over as many friends as possible.

The second question may open a Pandora’s box, but we’re not necessarily apologizing. Strategizing the look and feel of your deck or verandah is an activity that we take a lot of joy in, and we’re happy to brainstorm all day long. This also ties into the second question. There are a myriad of ways to design your outdoor space, covered or not. Explore your favorite online resources to your heart’s content. We’ll bring your dream to life.

So what are you waiting for? Give us a call to discuss your outdoor deck or verandah needs.

Playing Nice With Your Neighbors During Installation

Your relationship with your neighbors is of a particular variety. It doesn’t matter whether you’re thick as thieves or avoid each other at all costs, respect still needs to be present. It’s not just because your neighbors will come in handy when you need that egg or cup of sugar, it’s because your neighbors play a bigger role than you know when you’re undergoing home repairs or renovations.

Playing-Nice-With-Your-Neighbors-During-InstallationThere are two different ways that we can look at this. The first is that whole thick-as-thieves, best friends for life, best man or maid of honor in your wedding type relationship. We all aspire to have these relationships with everyone that we know, but when they work out with neighbors, the minimal distance and close proximity are extra handy. Yes you can borrow ingredients when you need. You can also ask them to keep an eye on your place when you’re out of town or walk the dog if you’re late at the office.

The other end of the spectrum can be difficult to navigate, and this plays a big role in home improvements or repairs. If you don’t get along well with your neighbors, not only have you lost out on all of the benefits detailed above, but they can also make your life very difficult if you’re trying to update your property. Fencing is one particular example that comes to mind. After all, it’s on their property as well. They need to sign off on its design, materials, price and schedule. While your neighbors don’t have to sign off on the update of your foundation or any of the Restumping Melbourne services, they will probably want to know about new strangers on the property, machinery and extra cars in the street.

So how does one go about creating the best relationship possible with your neighbors? There are a couple of main characteristics to focus on.

The first is transparency. We always recommend letting your neighbors know at the beginning of the valuation process that you’re having work done to your property- no matter what it is. As stated above, it might be the smallest repair but it can have a domino effect of side repercussions including traffic and machinery.

The next is patience. Home repairs are stressful, even if they’re not your own. They can disrupt your life in the smallest of ways. A smile and brief conversation whenever you see your neighbors during the process will put you in your neighbor’s good graces in no time.

Finally, make sure that good humor is integrated into all of your interactions with your neighbors. Good moods are infectious. If you are perpetually in a good mood, the chances are much higher that those around you will be in good moods. Good moods are interesting, because they serve as immediate catalysts to ensure a good experience is had by all involved.

Follow these recommendations and your home repair or installation will speed right on by.

The Best Way to Stay Cool in the Heat

Mother Nature can be one tricky lady. One minute she’s scorching us all with her fiery rays of sun, the next she’s dumping down torrents of ice, cold rain. You simply never know. You may have noticed that the past couple of posts have touched on ways to keep you and your loved ones comfortable, looking at your home from the INSIDE. So it may surprise you to find that our suggestion to stay cool in the heat…enjoy it responsibly!

The services of Restumping Melbourne are robust and extensive. They’re not just for the underpinning and reblocking services that your home requires. They’re not just for your foundation- out of sight and out of mind. They’re also for the architectural elements of your house that you want to share with everyone and show off for all to see. And that includes beautiful decks and verandah spaces where you can rest your feet and enjoy an ice-cold beverage (adult-style or other).

The-Best-Way-to-Stay-Cool-in-the-HeatSo the first step is deciding if a deck or verandah space is right for you. Devil’s advocate– it might not be. Your home may need releveling services based on the terrain of the area. You’ll need to figure out the boundaries of your property and if you’d like to keep a portion of the outdoor area for grass, a pool or garden full of flowers. However if you’re comfortable with getting these extra pieces of work done, then you’re well on your way. Based on that information, you’ll be able to determine how many squares of land you have at your disposal to build a deck or verandah space. There is a noted difference between the two. A deck is open-air. A verandah space is covered and frequently wraps around the front of the house. Both have great benefits, best of all- that you’re able to enjoy the sunshine from the privacy of your own property.

Once you’ve determined if a deck or verandah is right for you, the Restumping Melbourne team can take it the rest of the way. We’ll do a valuation onsite and let you know exactly what you can expect. If there are extra services needed based on the terrain of the property, or the slope, we’ll keep you posted on the timeline and any additional costs associated. We’ll always be totally transparent about any changes along the way, keeping you looped in as much or as little as you would like.

Once we’ve installed your deck or verandah and ensured that it meets the vision and functional criteria that you expected, then it’s time for you to truly enjoy the great outdoors. At this point we just have a few wise words to pass on—sunscreen, cold beverages, music at an appropriate temperature or a good read for an afternoon, and the best people that you can find.

Questions? As always reach out to your Restumping Melbourne team. We’re pleased and honored to help with any of your reblocking, releveling and deck or verandah needs.

Keep a Cool Head During Your Renovations

It’s a scientific fact, home renovations are one of the most stressful situations that you can put yourself in. They can bring out all sorts of personality facets that you didn’t even know you had- rage, frustration, anxiety, sleeplessness, sadness, pain. It’s unfortunate, and not at all okay with us, but it makes sense. You lose control of your home or business, you’re giving the power to more or less perfect strangers, and you’re bargaining with your hard earned money on a vision that may or may not become a reality.

1With Restumping Melbourne on hand, you can dispel a few of these quandaries right off the bat. We never want to be perfect strangers. We’d rather skew towards friends and valued partners by the time our work together is complete. We accomplish this through constant and comprehensive communication, and maybe a joke or two along the way. Our thought process is simple– your home renovation shouldn’t be a headache, but rather a tool and a process to create wonderful, lasting memories.

Many home or business owners put off renovations that will had exponential value to their property, solely because they’re scared of the impending stress. But if you keep a cool head and follow our tips throughout the process, you’re much less likely to take out negative emotions on those around you, and more importantly, on yourself.

Plan Ahead- Organization and planning are the arch-rivals of stress. When you’ve done your homework and checked all of your boxes, there is less margin for error. When there’s less margin for error, you can rest easy because you’re an expert on the process. Restumping Melbourne can alleviate this burden even further by helping you plan ahead. We will provide all paperwork and information you could possibly need in order to make a well-informed decision.

Let Friends and Family Know- Don’t keep your upcoming home renovation a secret. If you share the news with those closest to you, then you’re sure to get heads bobbing in sympathy and acknowledgement. Most likely they’ve been through it themselves at some point. Not only can they potentially offer advice, they’re now aware that your blood pressure may steadily rise. They’re more likely to be a sounding board to vent to or even someone to provide a couch to sleep on, should you need it.

Schedule a Reward Post-Renovation- Sure, the renovation in itself is a reward. You’ve just upgraded your home or business, potentially adding thousands of dollars in value and definitely making it either more comfortable or more aesthetically pleasing. But let’s be honest, you deserve a reward on top on that. Book yourself a massage or take the family out to dinner at a fun restaurant. Coming home will be even more magical with the renovation complete.

Follow these tips and be sure to reach out to your Restumping Melbourne team to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. With these tools, you’re sure to have a much smoother ride when it comes to your home renovation. 

Keeping in Touch with Your Restumping Team

We take the responsibility of restumping your home or business very seriously. There are amazing restumping options in the area of Melbourne, but you’ve chosen us. And for that, we thank you. We’re only as good as our word and our final product, and both (in our humble opinion) should be air tight (pun intended).

To that point, we really rely on customer feedback. We like to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you’ve had a wonderful experience with our team, or our services, please let us know. Our team works their butts off seven days a week and we love to give them pats on the backs when merited. It just powers them to work that much harder.

At the other end of the spectrum, we are huge fans of constructive criticism. If there is something that we could have done better, please, PLEASE let us know. Constructive criticism and helpful suggestions for improvement are how we strive for the next level. They’re the only way that we can improve. That’s why we continue to train and to learn, to educate ourselves about the newest advances in restumping technology and processes. We will never think that we’ve reached our peak, that we’ve reached our best We believe that the journey for improvement never ends.


We offer restumping and underpinning, verandah and deck construction and home renovations. What do all of these have in common? They’re all improving upon something already in place. When you first built or purchased your business or home we hope that the foundation was in place, that whatever deck or verandah came with the property was built carefully and considerably. When you reach out to Restumping Melbourne, it’s because something needs to fixed or updated. This isn’t anyone’s fault. Except maybe Mother Nature. She does tend to wreak havoc on your home or business. So consider our services somewhat necessary evils and the best way to maximize the value of your property. As far as restumping, we recommend checking for signs of foundation damage every five to ten years. As far as adding potential verandahs and deck spaces, there’s no time like the present.

With Restumping Melbourne you can expect transparency, and you can depend on dependability. You can also depend on timeliness and communication for the entire  team. We believe in our product and we love our customers. We’re a lucky bunch because we come to work everyday to enjoy what we do and to make a difference in the lives of everyone around us. If we communicate so well as a team, there’s no reason why our customers don’t deserve the same courtesy. No matter through what channel, reach out to us! Use this handy page on our site to shoot us a note. Give us a call at 03 9357 2826 or 0413 060 254. You can also email us at info@restumping-melbourne.com.au.  If you don’t reach us right away, hold tight. We will respond as soon as possible and ensure that we work tirelessly until you are totally comfortable and have all your questions answered.



Welcome to Restumping Melbourne! We are so excited that you’ve visited our site and want to share with you what sets us above and beyond other restumping, reblocking and underpinning companies in Melbourne and the rest of Australia. At base level, we also offer general construction, repair, decking and renovation works. More holistically, we ensure that your home or business is a place that you’re proud of, and that it will be for years to come. Consider this blog a forum to keep you up-to-date on all things restumping, reblocking and underpinning. We want to continue the conversation about your needs and how we can best service you. Check back in regularly for seasonal deals, tips, and helpful knowledge about restumping, reblocking and underpinning.

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