The foundation in our house is considered as the most important component of any structure. Without it, or even if it is there but was poorly constructed, the structure will fell off with just strong winds. If your house is still standing for many years now, thank your foundation for that. Just because it’s not obvious to our eyes doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It is there, making the house sturdy.
It should be given importance and attention because it can do wonders to our house. It is not a so-it-yourself project so don’t even bother. To successfully build or repair your foundation, you need to hire a Mansfield foundation repair contractor. This article will show you how to hire one to avoid pressing issues in the future.
- Ask for Reference
The best way to gather information about foundation contractors is through word-of-mouth. If you have friends, neighbors or colleagues that recently had their foundation repaired or constructed, ask them about whom their contractors are and if they are satisfied with their service. Don’t make a hasty decision by hiring the first one you know or met. Most of construction problems are because of this. Make sure you have at least 3 or 4 prospects. Later on, you will search more about them.
2. Do an In-Depth Research
Check the company’s website. You can see most of their information there, including some of reviews that might be helpful for you. Check their physical address, portfolio of their past services (if there is one) and their social media accounts. People might have things to say that are not posted on their website but you can check in social media.
3. Ask for Experience
You may now start interviewing your prospects, talking in the phone may do. Ask them about their experience and how long they have been in the business. Don’t negotiate with a contractor that doesn’t have experience in building a foundation. If you think that their experience is not sufficient enough for the kind of structure you’re going to build, mark them off the list.
4. License, Certification and Insurance
The contractors should be licensed and insured and have their repair/construction method evaluated by the International Council Evaluation Services. This will ensure you that the products they use are evaluated and meet the code compliance.
The insurance is also important, both the liability insurance and workman’s compensation. No matter what happens, if there are unexpected damages and injuries, you are all covered. Also, an additional certification from an organization of the said field is also helpful when it comes to evaluating how committed they are to their work.
5. Ask for a Written Estimate
Even though you have a budget already, don’t make that a reason to just hire the contractor who offers you a cheap price. Remember, you’ll get what you pay for and no one likes a foundation that easily gets damaged. You can ask for an estimate of every cost, from the materials to the labor expenses and other additional charges.