Foundation Repair Companies – How to Find the Right One
When it comes to something as crucial as your home’s foundation, no doubt you would agree that it is important to find the right foundation repair company for the job. Foundation work is tricky and tedious and there are many things to take into consideration when work is being done. There is also a lot of risk and liability involved. So, the purpose of this article is to help homeowners know what to look for and help them to choose the right company. Although this article is geared toward foundation repair companies, the same principles apply when choosing any contractor to work on your home.
Years in Business
It is always best to choose a company that has been in business for a while. Some newer companies try to get around this by advertising “years of experience” instead of the amount of years they have actually been in business. If a company offers a guarantee, what good is it when they have only been in business for a few years?
There are many websites now for customers to share their experiences. Some of the most common are Google, Facebook, Angie’s List, Yelp, and the Better Business Bureau. When looking for reviews, it is important to look at reviews across multiple sites. Why? Review sites such as Google and Facebook are helpful, but there is no filtering process, which means ANYONE can leave a review, whether they have had work done or not. Angie’s List, The BBB, and Yelp are more reliable because they have ethical requirements for businesses. So make sure to look at reviews on various websites before making a decision.
Consider talking to professionals such as engineers, building officials, realtors, etc. Such individuals are more likely to have heard recommendations for various foundation repair companies. Many of them are familiar with the reputations of local companies.
Adherence to Local Building Codes
Is the company willing to pull permits for the job if required? Are they willing to work with an engineer? These are important questions to ask before you hire a company. If the sales person dodges the question or doesn’t give you a straight answer, you may not want them to work on your foundation. What is the basement waterproofing service area for the company?
Most companies offer a warranty or guarantee on their work. Make sure you get all the details and fine print. Some contractors charge a yearly fee to keep the warranty active. Others give a warranty but then do not respond when a customer needs service. The Better Business Bureau is a good place to look to see if a company has any complaints in this regard.
Insurance and Bonds
Any reputable company should have no problem providing proof of bonding and insurance. This is very important for liability reasons and is for your protection as much as it is theirs.
Doing the Research Pays Off!
It may take time to filter through so many different companies, but the benefits are priceless! Once your foundation is serviced, you never want to have to worry about it again.
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We hope this article was informative and helps you make the best decision in choosing a foundation repair company.