Choosing the Cheapest Contractor
When unexpected home repairs are required, cost is always an issue. However, a "cheap" fix is not the optimal solution, although many homeowners make the mistake of hiring the low cost contractor. In cases of a contractor providing a very low price the quality of workmanship will be inferior. Disreputable contractors keep costs down by using low grade materials and unskilled workers.
Choosing Inexperienced/Disreputable Contractors
For many homeowners, the first place they look for a contractor is in the Yellow Pages. Ads are placed to draw your attention and can be very deceiving.
Choosing a General Contractor vs. a Specialist
Homeowners have made the mistake of choosing a general contractor who provide diverse construction services, including carpentry, roofing, window repairs, etc., instead of choosing a foundation specialist. You wouldn't’t hire an electrician to do your plumbing or a general practitioner for brain surgery.
Choosing Unkown Contractors
Most homeowners will call varied companies for estimates. This includes companies that they heard of and are established in the community but will also include smaller companies advertising in flyers, newspapers, etc. Some of these small companies will tell you that they have worked for one of the larger companies and can do the same job at a cheaper price. You should question why these individuals are not still working for the large companies. Ask for and follow-up on all references.
Choosing Contractors Who Work Out of Their Home or Rent a Small Shop
Choosing a Contractor That Doesn't Offer a Warranty
A contractor that doesn’t offer a warranty for foundation repairs will probably offer you a lower project price, but you will be responsible for costly repairs if something goes wrong.
Choosing a Contractor That Changes Their Company Name On a Regular Basis to Hide Their Tarnished Reputation
Beware of a company that doesn’t publish their address in the yellow pages. They don’t want you to know where to locate them if something goes wrong. They screen their calls by using an answering machine or answering service.