Foundation Repair Contractors – How to Choose Wisely
When it comes to foundation issues, there are usually telltale signs when there is a problem. For example, you may notice cracks in the basements walls or floor, settling or sinking, or a bowed wall. When you begin researching foundation repair contractors, the choices may seem overwhelming. There is certainly no shortage of options when it comes to available contractors. Just a quick online search may reveal a dozen or more companies who advertise foundation repair services. At the same time, when it comes to something as important as the foundation of your home, it is imperative to choose carefully. This article is designed to help you know what to look for with regard to foundation repair contractors.
What to Look For
How long has the company been in business? Just because a company claims to have many years of “experience” does not mean they have actually been in business that long.
What is the company’s reputation? There are many online resources such as Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau, and even social media outlets to search for reviews on the company.
Is the company insured? Any reputable company should be able to easily and quickly provide proof of this information.
Do they offer multiple repair options? Be leery of contractors that offer the same “one size fits all” solution to every customer, regardless of what the problem is. For more information on various repair options, click here.
Is a permit required? An honest company will make the effort to comply with local building codes and standards.
Does the company have references? References should be readily supplied with contact information for each customer.
Do they offer a warranty? Any foundation repair work should be backed by a warranty. Furthermore, the terms of the warranty should be clear and easy to understand.
Who will be on the job site? Will there be a foreman or supervisor on site? Are the workers employees of the company or temporary labor and/or subcontractors?
Why it is Important
Although it may be tempting to go with the cheapest proposal, or even try a DIY option, this is not the best course of action. In fact, this could end up costing you more in the long run. If you make it your goal to find a contractor that will get the job done right the first time, you can have peace of mind in knowing that your foundation will be strong and structurally sound for years to come.
Pioneer Basement Solutions has been in business since 1979. We offer various options for foundation repair, stabilization, and replacement, as well as basement waterproofing. Visit our About to learn more.