I have an old garage that is leaning and I am desperatly needing to sell my home to move nearer to elderly parents. The bottoms of several wall studs have termite damage. This is old damage and I have had the house inspected several times over the last 8 years ands there is no evidence of termites any longer. The walls themselves are solid wood and the roof also appears to be solid and does not leak. It appears they only attacked the studs. As a result of the lack of support in the lower studs, the garage is leaning.
I am not in a financial position to redo the garage or have it pulled back. Before going that expense I would like to try an alternative to sell the house.
Is it possible to jack up the side of the house a couple of inches, and install new stud supports. There is a horizontal support along the walls about 5-6 ft. up. I was thinking of using 2-3 jacks to jack up the wall ( at this horizontal support)and then add the new lower supports. Does this make any sense? The garage sets on a concrete slab. Do I need to do something with the concrete since I can see outside the garage at the floor level. I am looking to make a visual repair as well as make it safer and last longer without continuing to lean. I already have the 2x4's. What should I use to add the supports? Can I nail them together or do I have to use bolts? Is there a screw that should be used? I also have a large beam about 2x8 or so. Should I use this as a cross brace somewhere? How would I do that?
Is there a better answer w/o going into a huge expense that I will not recoup but will make it more stable and sell better.
I am a 55 yr. old woman who has already done extensive remodeling on my own and this is the last project. Help me if you can.