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How to Choose a Foundation Repair Company

A lot of homeowners take their time getting their foundations repaired as foundation problems are typically not emergencies. It is important to remember, however, that foundation problems create damage to other areas of your home, so the sooner you have them checked, the better. The question is, how do you find the right foundation repair contractor?

Personal Referrals

Always remember that the best referral is a personal referral. So go right ahead and ask your friends and relatives, neighbors and even your coworkers – maybe they have worked with a good foundation contractor recently. You can ask for a reference list, but then again, even the company with the worst BBB record can put a nice one together.

You can read online customer reviews as well, but keep to those that are published by consumer watchdogs like the BBB. Some reviews are made for marketing.

Experience in Business

Generally speaking, established contractors are more competent and reliable than their newer counterparts. But take note that any good company that enjoys a good reputation can always be bought. Even if the company still uses its old name, it may not meet expectations under the new management.

Insurance

Ask your prospective foundation repair contractor to provide an insurance certificate, and verify its authenticity with the insurance provider. If the contractor has no insurance, or they used to have insurance but it was cancelled, they can make a copy of an old deck page anytime. You will have no idea, and in case something does happen on the job, you will not get coverage!

The System

Truth is, there is a whole range of foundation repair methods that may work in our soils. The technique is to know what system is the best for your under-structure conditions. As soon as the sales talk ends and the work begins, it’s time to focus on the installation. Post installation, it comes down to warranty and the commitment of the company.

Warranty

A warranty is only as good as the contractor that provides it. Do ask around. It is very important how a company approaches warranty issues. Ask your prospect for a reference on a job that they had to do over a warranty, and ask the customer if he was satisfied.

Price versus Benefits

Reputable foundation repair companies will not be cheap, and the pricier they are, the more you should expect from them. What you should be after is VALUE. Remove the cost from the benefits and what remains is value. If you end up with nothing, then there is no value.

Trade Association Membership

Trade associations set standards and have stringent rules of ethics for members to follow, and if they don’t, they lose membership. All members should be adequately insured, for instance, and they must be of good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Membership also exhibits the contractor’s high level of commitment to his profession.

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