You’ve noticed some telltale signs of foundation trouble at your home. While we love a good Do-It-Yourself project, when it comes to foundation repair it’s time to call in the experts. With so many options available and companies vying for your business, how do you know which contractor is right for the job? Use these tips for hiring the right contractor to fix your home’s foundation.
Keep Your Options Open
It can be overwhelming to try and select the right contractor on the first try. Don’t put that pressure on yourself! Instead, narrow down your options to two to three licensed contractors. Then, request that each of them do an assessment of your foundational issues and provide you with a detailed proposal. As you look for the right team, it’s easy to let cost play a major role in the decision making process. Don’t automatically assume that the least expensive option is the best deal or that the most expensive means they’re the best at what they do.
Communication is Key
It’s important to get on the same page as your contractor so that you all have similar expectations for the outcome of the project. A good contractor will be able to get to the core of the matter and determine what you need and want to have done. Not only that, be sure that there will be regular updates on the status of the project, any issues or delays, or a change in estimated cost.
It should go without saying, but not all companies are created equal. When selecting a contractor, be sure to hire someone who specializes in foundation repairs. It takes certain skills and abilities to do this type of work. If the contractor you’re considering doesn’t have the right experience, it’s time to move on. This is too significant and costly of an investment to use someone who is not a seasoned foundation-repair veteran.
Ask a potential contractor for referrals that you can reach out to. They’ll probably connect you with happy customers gushing with rave reviews. But it’s important that you have some questions prepared to dig deeper on the customer experience.
- Did they communicate effectively?
- Were they reliable?
- Was the project completed on time and on budget?
- If you had to do it all over again, would you still use them? Why or why not?
Don’t stop there. Visit sites such as Yelp that allow people to leave reviews of their experiences. Weigh them against the comments you received from other previous clients. If you see a common thread of complaints or high marks, you’ll have a better idea of what type of work the contractor does.
Whoever you choose for your foundation repairs, make sure you have the right financing in place! Let HFS Financial connect you with the financing option that’s best for your project. HFS Financial offers financing options for almost any home improvement project. Contact us today at 1-800-254-9560 for more information. “You Dream It, We Finance It.”