A crumbling foundation will cause cracks on your ceilings and wall. It can cause your front porch to sag. It can even cause your entire home to sink slowly, but steadily, into the ground. It’s important, then, to take care of any foundation problems as quickly and effectively as possible. That often means hiring a professional.
First, it’s best to work with a contractor whom your family members, friends or co-workers have worked with successfully in the past. This will help guarantee that you are hiring a contractor who is known to do good work. Also, a contractor is more likely to arrive to the job site on time and finish a job on budget if the contractor comes with a personal recommendation.
Next, check your local office of the Better Business Bureau. This agency maintains a list of consumer complaints filed against area businesses, including contractors. If the contractor you are considering has several complaints filed against him or her, you might want to consider searching for a replacement.
Make sure to get a list of references from any contractor that you might hire. Then call these references to get the facts from them: Did the contractor show up when he said he would? Did they complete the job on time? Was it over budget? If you run into a contractor who won’t provide you with a list of references, move on to the next name in the phone book.
Finally, make sure that any contractor you hire to repair your home’s foundation provides you with a list, in writing, of the expected costs of the project, the timeline to finish it and a procedure to handle any additional expenses that pop up during the project. Such a list may encourage contractors to stick more closely to the initial agreements upon which you and he agreed.
A sagging foundation is a serious problem that requires the attention of a professional Dallas Foundation Repair Company. No foundation-repair job is perfect, and problems may pop up before the job is complete. But if you’re working with a professional foundation repair contractor, the job will bring as little stress as possible to your life.