Have you finally decided that your foundation needs to be looked at and possibly repaired? Don’t just go with the least-expensive self-proclaimed “expert” you find on an internet search. More important than cost is work quality. Fixing a foundation can range from minor crack repairs to the lifting of the entire slab. You want to find the best company to handle what your home rests on. So, what should you look for when searching for a foundation repair company?
Testimonials and References
Any company that doesn’t have references or testimonials either is operating on its first day of business — or it’s not a good company. That said, be very careful about accepting whatever references are given to you. Some unscrupulous companies pad their references with friends, family, and paid associates. Call references when possible and check out the company’s previous work. Look for an unbiased review site such as Angie’s List and see how the business is rated and what the comments are.
Suggesting you “buy local” isn’t a criticism about national or out-of-state companies. It just means a local business will know your terrain best. Foundations are subject to weather and soil conditions, which means locals are well versed in the geography of your area, and what products and methods hold up best when fixing a foundation.
Asking question doesn’t mean just asking how much a repair will cost. Don’t be afraid to question why a company suggests a certain solution over another. A reputable company will be more than happy to take the time to walk you through things. You don’t want a rush job, and neither should they. Ask about what materials — including brand names — the prospective company uses. Search for unbiased reviews on any brands. Request an estimate but do not hire on the spot. Get more than one estimate whenever possible.
License and Insurance
Ask to see proof of insurance and any required licenses, and make sure they are current. Major foundation overhauls usually need permits. If the company doesn’t procure permits, it should be able to tell you how. Either way, if the business is local, it will know if a permit is required.
No, a “gut feeling” is not the most scientific way to select a foundation company, but don’t dismiss yourself if you think you and the company are not a good fit. Do not let anyone push you into signing a contract at the time of estimate; take the time you need to compare companies and review them. Do not let anyone force you into getting unnecessary repairs. For example, if a crack needs repair, it’s highly unlikely you need all new ductwork.
You want to trust the company that is coming into your home to do repairs on your foundation, so if things feel a little “off,” trust yourself first.
It is vital that the business you choose to fix your foundation specializes in basements and foundations. You don’t want a roofer trying to repair the basement. Foundation repairs require expertise in that one area because of the additional issues that must be taken into consideration, such as soil and water pressure, the water table, and how the problem can affect the rest of the home’s structure.
If a company is new, ask about the staff’s qualifications and previous experience working on foundations and basements. It’s possible that while working under general contractors, the employees specialized in foundations.
Acculevel Is the One to Hire
If you live in the Midwest, we encourage you to call us as a prospective company to fix your foundation. We provide free in-home estimates and have been basement and foundation specialists since 1996. Our employees are highly skilled and experienced in foundation repairs and basement waterproofing and are extremely honest individuals. We never pressure you to sign on the spot or push for repairs that are not necessary to ensure the quality repair of your home. To schedule an appointment for an estimate, contact us at (866) 669-3349 or email us at [email protected].