Living in Winnipeg, Manitoba means you or several people whom you know have had to deal with major home foundation repairs. Too often the stories of foundation repair companies are of people feeling taken advantage of, disappointed with the work performed or worse yet being outright ripped-off.
Below are 4 important considerations to make BEFORE you hire a foundation repair company:
- REFERENCES: Ask for a list of recent references. Any company can dig up 3 or 4 glowing references from the past. Instead of taking the pre-drawn-up hand-selected reference list, ask the company to provide a list with 3 of the last 5 customers they performed work for. Any company that does good work, should be able to provide the requested list within a day or two.
- ONLINE INVESTIGATION: Check out foundation repair companies with the local Better Business Bureau – http://manitoba.bbb.org/Business-Search/ and Google the following – “Name of Company” Courts Manitoba.
- ESTIMATES AND CONTRACTS: Be careful with estimates and contracts that are too short or sometimes worse, too long. If a company hands you an estimate/contract that can fit on a napkin, it’s a red flag because it opens up the job for wide range of excuses as to why the job now costs more. If the estimate or contract looks suspicious, trust your “Spidey Senses” and keeping looking for companies. A company with a very lengthy contract is often providing a long list of ways they are going to charge you more money; READ the fine print. Look for a company with a reasonable contract and if you can see a gap in the contract, ask them about it in writing requesting a written response.
- DEPOSITS: Beware of the company that requests a substantial deposit. Many horror stories go like this… customer puts down 1/3 of the large estimated cost, crew shows up and starts hacking up customer’s yard, carelessly causes more damage to the foundation and then walks away from the job with the deposit in the bank. The customer wants the deposit refunded but the contractor says, no claiming to have done that much worth of work only to find out that your foundation was not repairable. A 10-15% deposit is reasonable and full payment should never be paid until work is 100% complete. NEVER provide a deposit before you have checked references, investigated the company online and gained a thorough understanding of the estimate and/or contract.
For a list of trusted foundation repair contractors, call Stan Higgins, Independent Owner of Postech Winnipeg Screw Piles at 204.793.0653.
If you have hired or heard of foundation repair contractors who are skillful, professional and who do great work, let us know by commenting on this post or emailing Stan Higgins at email@example.com.