After you’ve decided that you need to have foundation repair work done on your home, your next question is probably “What is it going to cost?” This is a difficult question to answer with a “one-size-fits-all” calculation. There are a lot of variables that go into estimating how much foundation repairs are going to cost. That is why most honest foundation repair companies don’t post prices on their websites. Companies like Bay Area Underpinning have experts that come to your property and inspect the situation. After a thorough evaluation, we are able to determine what it will take to not only stop the cause of the problem, but to also repair the damage that already exists. We CAN tell you what the cost is for ignoring foundation damage: the destruction of your house and the endangerment of your family. It could cost you everything.
Beginning Foundation Repair Projects
Usually what starts the whole ball rolling, is the homeowner noticing a crack, sloped floor, or other sign of foundation damage. The homeowner can either choose to ignore the damage, try to fix it themselves, or contact a foundation repair contractor. If the home is being put on the market, a home inspection may have been performed, but those are usually pretty general in their coverage. They may take note of a crack or something, but won’t pursue the cause or anything like that. If someone did spring for the cost of an authentic engineering report, the information is there, but can be too technical and not written for the typical layperson.
Bay Area Underpinning sends out an expert to give a thorough examination of the property, squeezing into crawl spaces or other areas the homeowner may not access or even know about. We’ll look for more indications of what is causing the foundation damage.
Choosing the Right Contractor
You need to make sure that the contractor you hire knows what they are doing. Foundation damage isn’t something that you want to take lightly. You may know a good handyman or general contractor, but unfortunately, they are probably not going to have the skills or equipment to do the job correctly. Best case scenario, you have a temporary fix; worst case: you have a bigger problem than you did when this all started. Other contractors will try and sell you “solutions” that are easy for them and will be highly profitable for them, leaving you with a dangerous situation.
Foundation repairs can be costly, in addition to the fact that the weight of your entire home is resting on the foundation. Taking a shortcut or trying to save a buck can cost you more than you could ever even begin to save. Make sure you hire a reputable company with warranties and insurance. Sketchy and fly-by-night contractors can cause more damage than they repair.
Some of the factors that go into estimating the cost of a foundation repair project include items such as:
- Length of foundation
- Ease of access
- The extent of the damage
- Landscaping and concrete that may need to be removed and replaced
- Height of foundation
- Cause of the damage
Of course, there are many other variables that can impact the final cost of a project, but a reputable contractor should be able to not only provide you with a realistic estimate, but also be able to break down the items that make up the cost. If they are unable (or unwilling) to do this, move quickly onto another contractor. That is a big indicator of a dishonest business.
A good indicator of an honest contractor? They aren’t trying to sell you on hiring them. A good foundation contractor knows that their honesty, reputation, and communications will do the selling. We’re pretty busy, so we’re not going to add busy work to our schedule just to make a dollar. We want your home to be strong, stable, and safe and if we think we can do that for you, we’ll let you know.
When hiring a contractor, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re intimidated by them before you even hire them, think how they’ll treat you once they have your money in their pocket. Talk to people that have hired them in the past and ask those people questions. People aren’t shy to share good or bad experiences and will either encourage you or warn you about using a particular contractor.
If you have any questions about foundation repair in the Bay Area, please feel free to contact us. We’ll answer your question and let you know what we can do for you. We want our friends, neighbors, and families to have secure foundations and peace of mind.