One of the most common questions I receive from builders and home owners is how do I get a foundation repair estimate? Many homeowners ask me, “Do you know what the cost of a foundation repair is?” I hear it all the time and honestly, I don’t know.
The reason that I do not know the actual foundation repairs costs is because these types of claims are usually made by homeowners. Most homeowners do not have the professional knowledge to deal with this type of issue so they will just call an expert in this field and expect them to do the work for them. The homeowner will pay an expert much less than it would be if they had done the work themselves, and they might not even know what they did wrong!
Some contractors charge more for their services than they should because they want to get paid for the job. If you know your job is too difficult or complicated, you can simply turn down the job. This is another reason why homeowners rarely get a quote for the job.
When it’s time to talk to your contractor, be ready to answer a few questions about your house and the foundation in general. You don’t have to get into the nitty gritty details of the process, but be prepared to discuss the nature of the foundation problems and what caused them. If you tell the contractor that you did not notice any unusual cracks or drainage issues, they may try to work the problem out later, once they start the foundation repair work.
Ask the contractor to contact building code inspectors and give you a copy of the initial report that was done about the foundation problems. You will need this when the contractor asks you for your estimate. Be aware that the first time that you visit with the contractor, they will likely want to spend a lot of time talking to you about your basement.
Once youare given the foundation repair estimate, make sure that you read the estimate carefully. Every estimate should include the cost of labor and materials. If the estimate does not include the materials and labor cost, you will need to provide an additional amount for those items.
You also need to know what is included in the estimate, as well as the cost of any subcontractors needed to complete the project. If you are working with a builder, he or she may have already met with the subcontractors, so the project will be much easier for them. Just make sure that you discuss all of these things with the contractor when you give them your estimate.
If you are going to hire a contractor, make sure that you can see the job completed before you commit to do the specific job. You should not take on a task that you can not see finished. It makes no sense to hire a contractor only to find out that it does not meet your standards, or that you cannot complete the project within your timeline.
Another thing to remember when receiving your estimate is that you should be able to provide the same quote for several different jobs. Do not allow your contractor to change the estimates after you have provided them. When you can afford to, you should shop around for different quotes, so that you know what you are really paying for.
One of the best ways to get a good estimate is to bring your own materials with you. Have the materials on hand so that you can compare them with the estimate that the contractor gives you. If the contractor wants you to pay for labor, make sure that you understand what you are paying for.
Remember, when you are dealing with foundations, every project is different. Every single homeowner is going to have different needs. The materials that you use, the complexity of the job, the size of the job, and other variables all come into play.
It is also a good idea to take a look at your home and the surrounding areas. Does the area need anything repaired? This will help you to make the final decision of whether or not a foundation repair estimate is right for your situation.