Things to Consider When Choosing Foundation Repair Contractors
Don’t fall for foundation repair scams
Home repair scams are increasing dramatically, up 60% in the past five years according to the Better Business Bureau. These scams could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. When hiring foundation repair contractors, most homeowners don’t even know where to start. We’re here to help.
First, check the company’s workers compensation insurance certificate. Many contractors claim in their ads that they offer insurance, but upon closer review, the specific worker who will be repairing your foundation is not covered. Ask to see the certificate to verify the specific coverage and any limits to the protection.
Next, don’t pay for the job in advance. You might need to pay a small down payment, depending on the size of the job, but asking for a large down payment, or especially full payment, should be a red flag. These unscrupulous contractors often disappear with your money. They may even start the job before they disappear, leaving you in worse shape than before.
You should also make sure that the company you research and hire will actually be doing the work. Many contractors use subcontractors, leaving you with a worker who you have not researched, who hasn’t been screened or drug tested, and whose experience may be questionable.
Definitely get more than one estimate, but don’t fall for the “cheapest price” scam. Of course you don’t want to overpay, and
everyone’s looking for a bargain, but beware if the deal looks too good to be true. A contractor may undercut everyone else, but provide you with far lower quality work, meaning that you’ll have to have the work redone in a few years. Hire a company with a long history in the Carmel, IN community so you can be sure they will be around to honor their warranty if you do have problems down the road.
If you’re in the market for a reputable foundation repair contractor, contact Ram Jack of Indiana today. All Ram Jack employees have been highly trained in the correct installation of our Ram Jack system. Our engineers can answer any questions you may have and help solve your toughest foundation problems.
Our unique piling solutions provide the strength and stability that can only be found in the best American steel. The result is a lasting foundation and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re on solid ground for the life of your home. We hold 19 patents for our advanced designs, and we do the job right the first time, every time. Contact us today for a free estimate.