There is no doubt that the Greater Toronto Area’s real estate market is booming. The increased demand has also led to an increase in housing prices. Consequently, many people have been forced to keep their homes or first-time homebuyers can only buy fixer-uppers. It’s not all bad, though! The underpinning of a home can be a great option if you’re not in a position to move or buy a new home with the square footage your family needs. Discover the benefits of underpinning by reading on!

How does Underpinning work?

In underpinning, an existing foundation is repaired, strengthened, or its depth is increased. As a result, the footing is essentially lowered. Your home will be supported by a team of experts digging down and removing soil. In order to increase their home’s usable square footage without having to add on, many people choose to underpin their existing crawl space.

What are the benefits?

Basements and crawl spaces can be underpinned for several reasons. A few examples are as follows:

There is less mess

Basement underpinning is less messy than traditional home additions. Using a shovel, the experts will remove the debris through a hole in the basement wall and transfer it to a bin. You won’t have to deal with dirt, debris, or workers during this renovation.



An addition is more expensive and disruptive than underpinning your basement. You would need permits, expert teams, and the necessary materials to add an addition to your home. Additionally, since underpinning doesn’t increase the size of your house, your property taxes won’t rise!

Structural integrity is improved

You increase the structural integrity of your home’s foundation by underpinning your basement, not only increasing the livable space in your home. Even if you didn’t notice, your foundation could be damaged due to past repairs, extreme weather, ageing, or even poor construction! Our team of experts at GJ MacRae ensures the structural integrity of your foundation when they complete your underpinning project.

Heightier ceilings

Basements and crawl spaces that are underpinned have more headroom. As a result, your entire family can use the space! The space can be used for a variety of purposes, including a home office, studio, gym, or even an in-law suite! There will be no need to duck to get around in your basement, no matter what you decide to use it for!

Electrical, plumbing, and heating

You will be able to access all of your home’s mechanical elements when you begin underpinning. Taking advantage of this opportunity will allow you to update outdated plumbing and wiring, as well as to install adequate insulation. In the winter, this will help keep the space warm, and in the summer, it will help keep the space cool! Adding pot lights to the floors as well as radiant heating will also take advantage of this situation.

You may want to ask the team for referrals for relocating your furnace and moving some posts during the process. As a result, you and your family will have more space to enjoy.

Property value increased

You can also increase the value of your home by finishing the basement when you list it for sale by underpinning! People are looking for homes with finished basements they can use as studios, offices, entertainment areas, bedrooms, or even as in-law suites! Additionally, home buyers will be assured of the quality of work when you mention that the basement was underpinned by GJ MacRae.