Finding a Reliable Contractor in CA
It’s no secret that your home is your biggest investment and the safety of your family is your biggest priority. Take a deep breath and relax: when you find a reliable contractor, you’ll be relieved at the peace of mind you have. When you see the warning signs of foundation damage, such as cracks in walls and floors or sticking windows and doors, you know that the sooner you get someone working on repairing it, the better. But just how do you go about finding a reputable company to do such an important project?
Before you even contact anyone, educate yourself on the different ways that foundations can be repaired and make sure any questions you have are answered. A good company will not be afraid of answering your questions. Make sure to get information about warranties and guarantees and their policy regarding the removal of landscaping, if that applies to your situation.
You may want to ask how the company trains its employees and how much experience they have. Many people come from other companies and may have more years of experience than the company they are working for has been in business. Find out what kind of products they use. For example, Bay Area Underpinning uses materials from Earth Contact Products, a recognized leader in the industry. Also, make sure that the company has workers comp and general liability insurance and can prove it.
A certified and trained specialist should perform an inspection of your home and will be able to determine the cause of your foundation issues and the best way to prepare it. They are highly trained and have the expert knowledge to give you a professional consultation. The specialist will visually inspect the structure with you so that both of you know what to expect when it comes time to implement the repairs. They will take measurements both inside and outside of your home or business and indicate any cracks or other areas of the foundation that are compromised. Once the inspection is completed, you should receive a report stating any problems that were found along with the course of action that they recommend to repair the damage. In the report, they should give you an estimated cost for the service they recommend and be able to answer any questions regarding time estimated, any potential disruption to your home life and what happens if something unexpected occurs.
Check Their Reputation
Once you know what you are looking for from a contractor, how do you know if they are what they say they are? It’s tempting to hire the “big name” or a friend of a friend, but you really do need to do some research on the contractors you are looking at. Word of mouth is very powerful and people are happy to tell you the good, bad and ugly about any dealings they have with companies. The internet has made this even easier to achieve through sites like Yelp and Angie’s List. Bay Area Underpinning is proud of their five-star rating on Yelp.
Another trusted source of information on companies is the Better Business Bureau. Bay Area Underpinning has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. This rating is based on thirteen factors including the number of complaints, the transparency of their business practices and how long they’ve been in business. A score between 97-100 is needed for an A+ rating and Bay Area Underpinning is proud to say that they’ve had no complaints registered.
Bay Area Underpinning is licensed with the Contractors State License Board which protects consumers in California by licensing and overseeing the state’s construction industry. We have also received the Home Advisor Seal of Approval. HomeAdvisor verifies licenses, performs background checks, and other screenings. In addition, Bay Area Underpinning is a Preferred Vendor of Earth Control Products and recipient of the 2015 Core Installer Award. Earth Control Products are the leader in foundation repair products and award the status of Preferred Vendor to companies that show outstanding customer service, provide continuing education and proven excellence in installation among other requirements.
Let Bay Area Underpinning show you why they have a reputation for reliability and honesty. We want to be the company you choose for your foundation repair needs, so contact us today.