Foundation Repair Companies

For many, their home is the biggest investment they will make in their lives. Therefore, when it comes time to conduct repairs on your investment, you want to make certain they are handled with care, and by the most knowledgeable and highly skilled hands available.

There are several things one should consider prior to selecting a foundation repair company, and proper research should always be conducted to ensure that you are receiving the best care possible when it comes to repairing your home.

One of the first things to take into consideration when selecting a foundation repair company is how long have the companies your are considering been in the business for? Of course it would stand to reason that you would want to select a company that has had several years of tried and true service in the industry. This experience within a company will not only ensure that the repair of your home is handled by the most highly skilled tradesmen available, but that they also will know how to properly conduct business with, and treat their clients.

While a company may have on hand excellent service men, it is hard to understand the process, and costs involved, if the company does not know how to communicate properly with the client and convey the exact process, length of time, costs, and risks involved. As well as being skilled at their work, they should be skilled in explaining to their customer, (ie you), why they have chosen the foundation repair process that they have, the benefits of it, and the possible disadvantages. Customer care and communication techniques are often cultivated along with years of good service, and will be a good indication of a company that has skill and years in the business.

Prior to choosing one particular company, you should also ensure that you get at least three different bids regarding the cost to complete the job from start to finish. While more than three bids is much more advisable, three bids should give you an accurate, if not at least a ball park figure, of the accurate approximate cost to conduct the entire operation. Out of the three bids, one bid will generally be the highest, one the lowest and one should meet in the middle. Utilize this middle bid as a reference point to judge what your actual costs should be.

From that point, a solid quote should be established, in writing, prior to beginning any construction. Should any problems arise later on, this will give you a reference point to bring back to the company if you feel any charges are illogical or unaccounted for. A company is legally bound to uphold any written guarantee of pricing and should make every effort to determine the correct cost of a job prior to proceeding so that no hidden costs are encountered. Without a written guarantee of a quote, should anything arise that could be possibly charged to yourself that the company initially overlooked, they can charge back to the client with the client having little or no recourse to contest the charges.

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Considering surprise charges, another good research point is to make certain the company has insurance. Without insurance, you could end up being paying the tab, or worse, be held liable for any incidents, accidents, or damage to your property, once again, without recourse. A company should have insurance to cover any accidental property damage that could result from mis-calculations, inexperienced labor forces, or malfunctioning machinery.

Finally, one should research the certifications and national association memberships that their particular company of choice is associate with, or has acquired. As in every case, the more training and certification a company has invested in for its employees, the better skilled they will be when it comes to repairing your home. Be wary of companies that claim to have associations or certifications but do not openly display proof of either. Ask to see licensing and proof of training for equipment use and other machinery prior to allowing heavy construction to commence. Consider contacting associations such as the National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors, or the Indoor Air Quality Association, to obtain background information on a potential company prior to hiring them. It may offer valuable insight into the quality of a potential foundation repair company’s work and prior testimonials.

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One Response to “Foundation Repair Companies”

  1. Digger 26. Aug, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Homeowners should also consider foundation repair companies that offer transferable warranties of their work. This can help when selling the house.

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