Here’s How to Choose a Foundation Repair Contractor
Uh oh… you’re having some foundation problems, and it’s time to look into hiring a repair contractor. Here’s what you need to know to pick the best.
Finding your home has a compromised foundation is an extremely stressful experience. Chances are your mind is running wild with doomsday scenarios.
How serious is this crack? Can we afford this? Who even fixes foundations?
Luckily, finding the right Foundation Repair Contractor is easy if you know the right questions to ask and what to look for.
Below is our guide to choosing the best foundation repair contractor possible.
Local, Experienced, and Reputable
Choosing a contractor relies heavily on ensuring the person you’re dealing with is trustworthy. Generally, trust is easily found in someone local, experienced, and reputable.
Local & Reputable
Make sure your contractor has good reviews, is known in the community, and on first meeting seems upstanding. Chances are someone local will know of the contractor, and can provide you with additional insight.
Hiring local is also important because of the variations in soil type over relatively small areas. Someone familiar with local soil is better suited to properly diagnose your foundation problems.
While experienced and reputable often go hand-in-hand, sometimes upstanding contractors make silly mistakes.
Two surefire ways to tell if a contractor has experience is asking about their insurance and warranty coverage.
Uninsured contractors indicate both inexperience and a bad reputation, but warranty coverage has more gray area.
Any experienced contractor will provide extensive warranty coverage. Why? Because they know that even the best repairs can fail.
They Don’t Sell Dreams
Bad contractors want two things; your business and your money. Some only take high paying jobs, while others inflate the cost of an easy fix.
No contractor can tell you the extent of your fix at first glance. Anyone quoting you after five minutes is not worth hiring.
Likewise, no contractor can quote you after a phone conversation or an email. Yes, some problems have common symptoms, but we’ve yet to meet a contractor who’s impervious to being wrong.
Your best defense against lying contractors is your common sense. Avoid anything that seems too good to be true.
Gather Your Own Information
Narrow down your local contractors to a short-list of those you’d consider hiring. This means all of the aforementioned vetting, and then some.
Always get a second opinion even if a contractor is certain about your repair. Like we’ve already mentioned, everybody is wrong sometimes.
It’s also worth researching the ins and outs of your quoted repairs and anything else your contractor tells you. This helps keep you informed and gives you peace of mind.
Outside sources like The Foundation Repair Association can also help answer questions and provide insight into what your contractor is recommending.
Though, the best contractors will explain your repairs and make sure you understand the work they’re doing.
A hallmark of experience and genuine care is a contractor who can articulate their process to the client.
When choosing a contractor take great care to ensure the person you hire is right for the job. Remember, shoddy work could cost you not only money but your home as well.
If you’re looking for a local, experienced, reputable contractor in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, get in contact with us. We’re always looking to help new clients.