When your foundation has a problem, there are usually warning signs to look out for. For example, you might notice cracks in the basements walls or floor, settling or sinking, or bowed even walls. If you find you have these problems, it’s time to contact a foundation repair contractor. There are tons of options when it comes to available contractors and choices may seem overwhelming. Just one quick online search results in listings for more than a dozen companies who advertise foundation repair services in the Toledo area. So, how do you pick the right one? When it comes to something as important as your home’s foundation, it is crucial to choose wisely. This post will help you know what to look for when searching for a foundation repair contractor.

What to Ask

How long has the company been in business?  Just because a company claims to have many years of “experience” does not mean they have actually been in business that long. Research the company at bbb.org or ask for referrals.

What is the company’s reputation?  Check out company reviews on Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau, and their social media pages to search for reviews on the company.

Is the company insured?  Any reputable company should be able to easily and quickly provide proof of insurance.

Do they offer multiple repair options?  Be cautious of contractors who offer the same “one size fits all” solution to every customer, regardless of what the problem is. For more information on various repair options, click here.

Is a permit required?  An honest company will make the effort to comply with local building codes and standards.

Does the company have references?  References should be readily supplied with contact information for each customer.

Do they offer a warranty?  All foundation repair work should be backed by a warranty. Additionally, the terms of the warranty should be clear and easy to understand.

Who will be on the job site?  Will there be a foreman or supervisor on site?  Are the workers employees of the company or temporary labor and/or subcontractors?

When It’s Time to Hire Your Contractor

It’s definitely tempting to go with the cheapest quote or even try a do-it-yourself option, but for something as important as your home’s foundation, you’ll be better off hiring a professional. Not doing that could end up costing you more in the long run. If you find a contractor that will do the work right the first time, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your foundation will be strong and structurally sound for years to come.

It’s Toledo Basement Repair’s promise to treat you and your project with respect and our best professional judgment. We will not push you into a system that you do not fully understand or feel comfortable with. We offer various options for foundation repair, stabilization, and replacement, as well as basement waterproofing services.  Visit our about page to learn more about who we are and then, we hope, you’ll contact us for a quote.

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