7 Things To Ask Yourself When Choosing a Foundation Repair Contractor

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So, you’ve gone through the process of having 3 or more foundation repair contractors visit your home to conduct their assessments and provided you with a proposal for their services, but none of the professionals are having the same work being performed. Here is an easy checklist to confirm that you are choosing the best fix for your home and your family’s biggest investment.

Yes, people and companies still try to skate the system by not being a licensed contractor. The reason they do this is to save on business overhead costs that include not paying for workers comp, unemployment, and liability insurance.  If you hire these contractors and employees get hurt or injured on your property, you could be left stuck being responsible for the expenses. If the contractor doesn’t carry the proper insurances, then in the event that the contractor performs unsatisfactory or not up to code work to your home during the project, you could hold the burden of those additional repair costs.  ALWAYS ask for the contractor’s license information. A quick search on the CSLB of the license number will show if the contractor’s license is active as well as showing they carry workers comp and bonding information.

Just like you wouldn’t want a heart surgeon to perform the work of a neurosurgeon, you wouldn’t want an electrician to handle a foundation repair or a plumber to carry on the task of a mason company.  Having the correct training and licenses for the project is ideal for a successful project.

You would be surprised how many companies do not properly inform people of how they will fix their home and what to expect before, during, and after the construction.  Make sure you are fully aware of all the things that may arise for your project. Make sure you have the knowledge and understanding of the product being utilized on your project, the procedures on how the contractor will fix/repair the home, how will the contractor communicate with you during the repair process, and what kind of warranty is being provided for the repairs.

Not all repair plans and recommendations are created equal!  Make sure that your contractor has provided you with a repair plan that shows floor elevations, the amount, type, and area of repair, as well as reasoning as to WHY this repair is the best solution to fix your home’s foundation.  Floor elevations tell a lot about what areas have been affected and are in need of repair. The amount of settlement that has occurred directly correlates with the area that the repairs should take place in. If you do not have this information, you’re not able to know exactly what kind of recovery will be possible with your home.  You will be relying on your contractor to verbally tell you that their repair is the best fix without numbers to back it up. The numbers NEVER lie.

In the world we currently live in, it is easy to have people leave reviews about a company.  Same goes with contractors. Going online and reviewing the Google, Yelp, and other 3rd party sites will allow you to gain insight into how the company will treat you and your home.  Companies will also showcase previous projects on their website and social media. Do a quick search and you will find out a lot more about processes, procedures, and expectations.

Just like we all hate car salesmen with their slicked backed greasy hair, we all hate the estimator that wants to push unneeded repairs to your home without any valid reasoning, besides padding their company’s wallet.  Making sure the company representative wants what is best for you and your home has to be at the top of the list. Ask them the question “Would this be the fix that you would do, if you were in my situation?”

At the end of the day you have done your research, you have looked at reviews, and have been provided information about your home and project.  With all your newly gained knowledge you are ready to choose the contractor that is best for you. The last thing you want to have is buyers remorse in your decision.  At the end of the day, you know what is best for you, your home, and your family.

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5 Things To Check To See If You Have A Foundation Issue

Here are 5 easy things to check to see if your home may be having a foundation issue. If you are able to check these boxes off, you will want to have a Foundation Contractor inspect your home to provide you with more information.

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  • Usually found around door and window frames.
  • Can vary in size in conjunction with the settlement of a home’s foundation.
  • Look up! These cracks can also be found on the ceiling.
  • Just like the interior drywall cracks, you will notice cracking around doors and window frames. 
  • Cracks may vary in shape and size.
  •  If your home had a bad stucco job, you may have cracking occurring as well, which doesn’t always lead to having a foundation problem.
  • Foundation settlement can cause the framing of doors and windows to shift, causing them to lose their square shape. 
  • If your home is older, the doors may have been shaved down in order for them to open and close correctly. You can check the top or bottom of your door to see if any shaving has taken place.
  • If new doors and windows have been recently installed, you probably won’t be able to notice since the framing is adjusted while they set the new doors and windows.
  • Place a marble or other heavy, round object on the floor of your home. 
  • If there is a settlement in a particular area, gravity will take over and the ball will start to roll towards the lowest point.
  • You can lay the 2×4 on the floor (typically with the 2” side up), and lay your bubble level on top of it.
  • The bubble should read level unless you have some settlement in your home. 
  • Make sure to double check that your 2×4 is relatively straight! We’ve all seen some of the odd ball 2×4’s at a lumber store that would not work for this test.