How to Select a Foundation Repair ContractorJanuary 10, 2014 Melanie Chaney
Some home repair projects can be done yourself, but foundation repair is not one of them. When you start to notice the telltale signs of foundation damage such as cracks in the walls, sticking doors and windows, or uneven floors, it’s time to call in a foundation repair contractor.
Sure, you can open the Yellow Pages and take your chances, but we don’t recommend it. Instead, start by asking friends, family, neighbors for recommendations. You can also obtain a list of knowledgeable and experienced foundation repair contractors through a reputable organization such as the Foundation Supportworks™ Network. Once you have gathered your list of companies, ask for references and proof of insurance, and check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are not any complaints against them.
After you have narrowed down your list based on the above criteria, ask for written estimates. Any foundation repair contractor unwilling to provide you with one should be removed from your consideration. Read the fine print of the estimate and do not simply go with the lowest bidder. Cost is a consideration, but quality is of the utmost importance. If a contractor is focused on cutting corners, you might not get the best quality work, and it can cost you even more in repairs down the road. Ask questions of potential candidates including:
· How long have you been in business?
· What type of system do you use?
· What kinds of foundation repairs can you do?
· How many homes like mine or in my area have you worked on?
· How often have you needed to adjust or repair your previous work?
Once these questions have been answered to your satisfaction, it is time to make a decision and sign a contract. Read the terms of the contract very carefully and ask questions about anything that seems vague or unclear. A good foundation repair contractor will explain exactly what you need and why you need it. Our Foundation Supportworks™ systems, such as push piers and helical piers, offer permanent solutions to your foundation problems.
If you have noticed signs of foundation problems and are ready to search for a foundation repair contractor, let one of our specialists assess the damage and determine what type of repair is best suited for your structure. Our experts are skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects of foundation repair and trained in the Foundation Supportworks™ systems. For a free custom quote, call Baird Foundation Repair at 210-534-4110.