When you are in need of foundation repair, you can find yourself overwhelmed by all the choices available to you. What makes one company better than another? How do you balance the high costs of foundation repair with reliability?
The tips here will help you narrow down your options and make an informed choice.
Thinking Foundation Repair is Only About the Cost
Foundation repair may seem like a simple job: You pay someone to fix your foundation, and they do it. But as with most things in life, there’s more to it than that.
The quality of the work matters far more than the cost; if you want your foundation repairs to last, then you need to find an experienced contractor who has a solid reputation for doing quality work and making sure that their customers are happy with their results (and don't have any issues down the road).
To find such a contractor, talk with people in your area who have had similar work done on their homes or businesses and ask them if they could recommend anyone. You could also ask around among family members or friends who might know someone reliable.
Not Getting a Second Opinion and/or Estimate
Before you hire a foundation repair company, it's important to shop around, learn about different companies and get multiple estimates.
Compare offerings, pricing, timeline, and workmanship among companies and see what suits your situation best. Taking the time to do this is especially helpful if the other contractor didn't give an estimate in writing or didn't provide a good explanation of what's wrong with your foundation and how they'll fix it.
If you don't get a second estimate, then you're missing out on this valuable piece of information; but if you do get multiple bids, then make sure that each contractor provides an itemized list of repairs with estimated costs (and ask them to explain every line item).
Hiring a Disreputable Foundation Repair Company
When choosing a foundation repair company, it is critical that you find one that is reputable and trustworthy. You want to avoid hiring a disreputable contractor who will take your money and not follow through on their promises.
To ensure this does not happen to you, there are several things that you can do before making your final decision. Here's what we recommend:
Make sure the contractor has the proper licensing and insurance coverage required by local laws. This will allow them to legally work in your area without any problems from authorities—a must if they have any plans of sticking around after completing their work!
Make sure permits are obtained prior to any work being done on your property (if required by law). This way, if something goes wrong with the project itself rather than just poor communication between parties involved (which happens more often than anyone would care admit), then legal backup may be available if needed later down line."
Ask around and see what others have heard about the company's reputation. Check online reviews (a consistent pattern of unhappy vs happy customers will likely show!)
Not Checking Online Reviews and BBB Rating
When it comes to choosing a foundation repair company, it's not just about price. You want to make sure you're getting the best quality work for your money. Getting information on companies quickly has never been easier (thanks to the internet). With just a simple click you can get a good idea of how satisfied customers were with the work done.
Check online reviews from past customers and make sure they have a good rating on BBB.org (and any other sites that show customer reviews). This will give you an idea of how well they perform their services and if they have satisfied customers who have used them before.
Check to see if the company has a Facebook or Instagram business page. Take a look through the content and get an idea of how the company performs, as well as what past customers are saying in the review section.
Do a quick Google search and see if the company comes up. Take a look at the reviews published
Not Asking Questions and Confirming the Contractor Has Proper Licensing, Insurance and Permits
Asking the right questions can help you avoid a bad experience with your contractor.
Ask to see their license (if applicable), insurance and permits before they start work.
If possible, ask the contractor for referrals from other clients who have used them and how those clients rated their service. This way, you know what to expect when hiring the company and can gauge their quality of work based on previous jobs performed by them or similar contractors in the area.
When choosing a foundation repair company, it is important to remember that not all companies are created equal. There are many things you need to consider before hiring a company to do work on your home. It is also important to remember that the price of foundation repair should not be the only thing that matters when making this decision.
The end result of working with any company should be a peace of mind and confidence in knowing that they are working hard for your best interests and satisfaction with their work!