Does Your Contractor Have Your Best Interest In Mind?
Foundation repair is often costly. You should know how to have clear conversations with your contractor, because you need all the information at hand to make a sound decision. Know how to ask the right questions, so that you can protect against a contractor with the wrong agenda.
Don’t sign at the sales meeting
Even if the contractor offers a discount for immediate signing, you are signing away your ability to do your research. Above all, your project is important enough to be worth taking the time to find the right contractor.
Watch for scare tactics
Foundation problems develop over decades. As a result, unless you are facing 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 your problem? Your contractor may seem very sure of a single solution, however, if your contractor only offers one solution, ask around.
Get multiple bids
Experts agree that you should get 3 bids for a major construction project. A contractor who values your business will be willing to wait for you to be sure they’re the right fit.
Home inspection report
Not all home inspectors have a strong foundation background. Because foundation repair can be so specific, you should be sure to contact an expert on foundations for a clearer perspective.
Foundation Repair is a serious investment
The literal structure of your home is worth making a careful decision. In other words, you should not hesitate to spend a little time talking to the right people and reading up to make sure you get it right.
Geotechnical and Structural Engineering
Because foundation repair can require very specific solutions, structural and geotechnical engineers can be important to the process to ensure that your new foundation is up to the task. As a result, expert’s advice on how to address the problem can be invaluable.
Most major construction projects require building permits. You should make sure that any permits you need are included in the bid.
Licensed, Insured, Bonded
Find out whether the contractor has a license to do the relevant work. Take the time to look into their insurance policy. Do they have the bonds that will protect your project? Understanding all the requirements of your project can be confusing, however all of these answers can prevent a lot of headache at the end of the day.