Most homeowners and buyers in San Diego place foundation repair and other issues at the top of the list when it comes to stressful home repairs. While it’s easy to replace fixtures and renovate floors, doing repairs on a San Diego home foundation can be daunting to say the least. The complete structural stability of your home depends on a secure and high-quality foundation. Unfortunately, many of San Diego’s older homes are in need of foundation repair due to our expansive soils and poorly designed drainage systems. To make the process easier, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you tackle your foundation repair project.
Find a licensed contractor
The California Department of Consumer Affairs publicly discloses information about licensed contractors in the state. While there is no guarantee that every contractor on the list will be a good fit for your project, determining whether or not a company is reputable is an essential first step. A good, licensed contractor will list his license number on his website.
Check how long the company has been operating
Unlimited Drilling has been serving San Diego since 1993. That’s over 20 years of experience. Working with a contractor with decades of experience can help ensure two things. First, this ensures that they are exposed to a variety of fundamental problems and solutions. This is especially important in the San Diego market, as our diverse offering of local soils requires special care when it comes to laying and repairing foundations. Second, the longevity of the company speaks to the quality and durability of the work. This history suggests that past projects have stood the test of time.
Ask for references
Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor for references. You can ask to speak with past customers, current customers and any relevant subcontractors. This will help you get a sense of the types of projects the contractor has worked on and what types of relationships they maintain with their clients and professional network.
Get multiple estimates
Don’t go with the first quote you receive. Do your homework and talk to some companies. Keep in mind that you don’t always want to go for the cheapest option. Different contractors may offer different approaches to your repairs. You will want to have different opinions to determine the best long-term solution for your foundation. This is not an area to skimp on, so be sure to ask for detailed estimates and cost breaks, possible delays, and most importantly, possible increases in your budget. Hopefully, doing your homework will avoid any surprises.
Ask for permits
In San Diego, the contractor you choose for your foundation repair is responsible for obtaining a permit before work begins. Permits and regulations vary by region, so make sure you work with a company that is knowledgeable and can respond to the needs of your project.
Know the difference between contractors and subcontractors
Unlimited Drilling in San Diego is unique in that they do most of their foundation repairs “in-house” and do not outsource repairs to another company. This ensures that you work with one team from start to finish and promotes a level of consistency and customer service to keep your budget and timeline on track.
Whether you are buying a home for the first time or owning multiple buildings, it is in your best interest to partner with a good foundation repair contractor. If you pay attention to the above key criteria, such as the importance of licensed contractors, you can find a company that will keep your foundation in good shape over the long term.
For more information about Unlimited Drilling’s services, check out their website here.