The foundation is probably the most important part of your home. It anchors your house. Without a strong or solid foundation you don’t have a home.
When your foundation needs repair, it is essential that you choose an experienced, high-quality contractor. The structure of your foundation and the type of work required will determine which contractor is best for you.
Your foundation may consist of cement blocks or granite slabs depending on the location and time your home was built. More modern foundations consist of poured concrete slab.
In addition, you will need to know if the problem is related to cracking or leaking, as these problems require different repair work. Some foundation repair companies specialize in fixing leaky foundations. They typically will install pumps and drains. Other companies fix architectural aspects of the damage. They perform repairs by pouring concrete, replacing blocks and installing jacks.
Choose a company that will help you with your foundational needs. If your foundation has several issues, then select a company that will provide various services.
Another thing to consider is whether your home has a basement. If your basement is finished, you may need additional services after the job is completed. You may require a contractor to help with floor laying, carpentry and finishing. If the basement is rough or unfinished, then the level of work will be substantially less.
Your first step is to contact contractors to inspect the damage and give you a written estimate. You should receive estimates from at least three different companies in order to compare prices. During these meetings, make sure the contractor understands the required repairs and the time frame it will take to complete the work.
Also, be cautious about using contractors who give you estimates that are far lower than the rest. The low cost may be due to poor quality of materials or lack of experience by the contractor. Ask the contractor about the types of materials he will be using and whether those materials are long-lasting.
If you know anyone in your social network who has had foundation work done, ask them about contractors. Were they happy with the service? Is the work holding up? Would they use the contractor again? Referrals will help you determine which contractors are best. If your friends give rave reviews to a company, then look closely at their services.
Before any work starts, the contractor should provide you with a current insurance certification. You need to verify that the contractor is covered for any accidents involving workers or damage caused to your home. Otherwise, you may be liable. If the contractor cannot provide you with this certification, check with their insurance company to find out what they cover. If the contractor is uninsured, begin searching again. Professional contractors are always covered by insurance.
While it takes time and effort to research contractors, it will save you time and money in the long run. You will feel comfortable with the knowledge that your foundation is in good shape, and the rest of your home or office will be stronger.