Foundation problems can be costly, its important to have clear conversations with your contractor. If you know what to talk about, you won’t be taken advantage of.
- Don’t sign at the sales meeting – That discount takes away your ability to fully research your options. If you sign a contract immediately you are locked in.
- Watch for scare tactics – Foundation problems develop over decades. Except under extreme scenarios you will have plenty of time to make your best plan and fix your foundation.
- Ask for alternate options to solve problems – Are there other options that can solve our situation? If your contractor only offers one solutions, ask around.
- Get multiple bids – Experts agree that it’s good to get 3 bids for a major construction project. If your contractor values your business, they can wait an afternoon.
- Home inspection report – Home inspectors might not have a strong foundation background, an expert on foundations can give a more clear perspective.
- Foundations are serious investments – The foundation of your home isn’t a light topic. If you don’t love the paint in your kitchen you can change it, foundation work is important.
- Geotechnical and Structural Engineering – Foundations require very specific solutions. Structural and Geotechnical Engineers are important to the process. An expert’s advice on how to address the problem can be invaluable.
- Building Permits – Most major construction projects require building permits. Make sure that any permits you need are included in the bid.
- Licensed, Insured, Bonded – Are they legally allowed to do this kind of work? Are they sufficiently insured? Do they have the bonds that will keep your project safe? All of these answers will save your foundation!