Whether you are planning to sell your home or have noticed some changes happening to your house, foundation repair is an issue that should be addressed ASAP! (Great time to remind you of The Big 17 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring that includes inspecting your foundation.) If left unattended, the minor foundation issues that you see now can quickly escalate to a costly fix.
Choosing a reliable foundation repair contractor should be a priority. Here’s a guide on the do’s and don’ts in choosing a reputable foundation repair company to service your home.
1. Do Hire an Experienced and Licensed Contractor
Licensing requirements for foundation repair may vary from one state to another. Thus, you need to make sure to only hire a foundation repair company that meets the licensing requirements in your state.
Furthermore, ensure that you hire a contractor with enough experience in handling foundation repair. Ask if they’ve already handled the kinds of foundation problems or damages you have. Much better if you can speak to their previous clients and see how well the company dealt with their issue.
2. Do Read the Fine Print
Foundation Services can be divided into several categories while some only offer foundation repair services.
So, ensure that the contract covers the kind of service that you need. Furthermore, you want to double-check the contract and that you understand it in detail. Also, it is best that you go with a written contract rather than a verbal agreement.
3. Do Look for an Insurance
You want to know if the foundation service company offers some kind of insurance. This is critical since you want to make sure that the company is liable for any damages that their technicians may cause to your property or home.
In addition, contractor insurance should be able to protect you in case one of their workers suffer an injury on your property.
4. Don’t Take Their Word
Never trust a contractor’s word. It is still best that you do your own homework.
Ask for their license number and verify with the agency that offers the certification. Don’t just rely on reviews posted on their website and take a look at review sites or customer reviews on their Google page.
5. Don’t Be Pressured into Hiring a Foundation Contractor
Don’t let yourself be pressured into signing and agreeing to a contract right away just because the contractor says your foundation requires immediate repair or that your home’s foundation won’t last any longer.
If the contractor is trying to rush you into hiring them without solid proof, then you need to ask why. Maybe they’re trying to take your money but not provide you with the proper service.
6. Don’t Think All Licenses and Certificates Are Equal
Compare and research each license and certification individually. Do not hesitate to call or search the licensing organization to look at their requirements.
Some licenses or certifications can be obtained by simply paying a fee. Others require specific education and experience to earn the certificate or license.
Furthermore, you want to check when will the contractor’s licenses or certifications expire.