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Choosing The Right Contractor For Foundation Repairs

hiring a foundation repair contractorYou’ve seen the signs around your home and you have made the decision that you need to hire a foundation repair contractor. So, now what? Take some time to do some research and comparison shopping. There are a lot of companies out there that want to separate you from your hard-earned money, but can’t or won’t put the work into providing you with a quality result.

Matthews Wall Anchor has been dedicated to providing the people of Pennsylvania and the surrounding area the best service and foundation repair solutions for over 30 years. We want you to find the best contractor for your situation, so here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when looking for foundation repair professionals.

Important Things To Ask When Hiring A Contractor

Most respectable foundation repair contracting companies will provide you with a free inspection and estimate. Take advantage of this and have a couple inspectors come out to your property, that way you have a baseline to compare companies with.

Some other things to look for include the following:

Communication

Just like any other relationship, communication is key. You’ve probably seen the commercials where the contractor tells the homeowners all the things they are going to do wrong before starting the project. While that is used for comedic effect, it is important that you and the contractor are on the same page with expectations. You should discuss timeframes, equipment being used, the amount of disruption to your home life and property.

A good contractor will be able to work with you to determine what you want and need to be done. You should be able to work together to complete the repairs and everyone can walk away satisfied at the end. A contractor worthy of hiring should treat you with respect, integrity, and honesty. Your home is a big investment and the safety of your family should be a number one priority for any home repair contractor.

Experience
When hiring a foundation repair contractor, make sure they have the experience and knowledge to get the job done effectively and efficiently. It takes certain experience and skills to perform foundation repairs. Not every handyman has the abilities and tools to repair bowed walls, uneven foundations, cracks in floors or walls, or more.

experienced foundation repair companyWhen talking with the contractor, ask them about case studies that are similar to the work you are having done. In addition, you can ask for referrals and affiliations from the contracting company. Make sure their skills match up with the work that needs to be performed.

Some things to ask when you talk to a reference:

  • Did the contractor complete the work as promised and on budget?
  • Were they reliable?
  • Did they communicate well?
  • Would you hire them again? If so, why? If not, WHY?

Products and Other Resources

If you don’t have the right tools, it doesn’t really matter how skilled you are. When vetting your contractor company, ask what products they use. For example, Earth Contact Products and Rhino Carbon Fiber are recognized throughout the industry for their quality and durability.

In addition to the tools that are used, make sure that the company has the staff to complete the work. We know of a couple that hired a roofing company for their two-story home. Every morning, one teenaged boy was dropped off to work on the house. This isn’t safe, and it took the poor kid a month to shingle the house. A team of workers should be on-hand to make sure the job is completed quickly and safely.

If permits are needed, ensure that the contractor has the resources to get this done in a timely manner. It’s frustrating to wait on a project because of missing or late paperwork.

Insurance and Financial Responsibility

If a company has been around a long time and is financially responsible, you will have a better chance of them taking care of your budget fairly. There is always a chance that something occurs that can change a quote, but trustworthy contractors will make sure that their inspections uncover any problems to ensure you have an accurate estimate.

You should also make sure that they have insurance to cover their employees and other risks that occur. An honest contractor will want to make sure that they are protected and will be able to complete the repairs as promised. Also, when signing a contract, make sure there is a limit on the time and money that will be spent on the project. If a contractor balks at this, move on to the next company.

Red Flags To Keep An Eye Out For

There are some things that should make you think twice about hiring a company for your foundation repairs. We’re not saying that these are deal-breakers, but you may want to dig deeper if you come across any of these warning signs:

  • warning signs of a bad contractorIf a contractor asks for the money before the project begins. A deposit may be in order (usually no more than 15%), to show good faith on your part and to begin buying materials, but the final bill shouldn’t occur until after the project is completed to everyone’s satisfaction.
  • If the price quoted is much lower than other quotes. There’s only so much “wiggle room” when it comes to pricing. If they are cutting corners to give you a deal, where are those cuts being made? Quality products, experienced staff, safety measures? As always, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Check reviews online. No one review is going to tell the whole truth, but if you see a pattern of complaints or praises, you can have a better feel for a company.
  • As stated above, communication is very important. If you are having trouble getting in touch with them to even come out for an inspection, what will it be like in the middle of a project?
  • Permits? We don’t need no stinking permits! If a contractor brushes aside the need for a permit as just one more expense that can be done away with, then you need to do away with them. The permits are there for a reason, and if you don’t have a building inspection, you’ll never know if the project is safe and the repairs are being performed correctly.
  • Make sure they are licensed. If they aren’t licensed, there is a reason and you need to move on. Also check with Better Business Bureau for problems, litigation, and so on. There won’t be trouble, if you don’t invite it into your home.

Hire The Best Fit For You

It used to take a lot of phone calls and legwork to check out contractors, but it’s easier today through the use of the Internet. Look through the contractor’s website to get information. Also, check out sites like Yelp, Home Advisor, Angie’s List, and the Better Business Bureau.

Knowledge is the best tool you have, do your homework and arm yourself before you contact the first company for an estimate. Shady companies won’t want to deal with an educated consumer, you’ll be too hard to push around and deceive.

We hope this will help you be prepared when you have to hire a foundation repair company in the Pennsylvania area.

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