Putting in a foundation, replacing a foundation, or repairing a foundation are all expensive operations. Finding the best foundation contractor is critical if you want to ensure that you are spending your money wisely. Along with providing superior professional service, the best Ottawa foundation contractor will work with you every step of the way to keep you in the know, informing you if anything goes wrong, and answering all of your questions. Below is a quick guide for how you can find such a contractor.
Do Not Settle for the First Company You Find
Even in small Ontario cities, there will often be at least a few choices to consider. The first thing you will want to do is identify the exact thing you need in terms of your foundation. Write down a list of every contractor who advertises that they can do the job. Talk to each one and get a quote regarding how much they will charge. Be sure to make them aware of any small things, like installing drainage, sump pumps, etc. A company should be able to come out to your home and inspect the situation before providing a quote – you never want to sign a contract sight unseen. Do you get a good vibe from the representative? Do they listen to your concerns? Do they recognize the problem and are they clear about the steps they will take to resolve it?
There are many different websites and forums where people rate the performance of contractors and companies. The same is true for foundation contractors. With the list you have gathered, check through each of the contractors and see what other people have had to say about them. Look up reviews from people with similar needs to your own and see how the company the hired approached and solved the problem. Read testimonials and don’t be afraid to ask for references.
License, Insurance, Agreement!
Any company doing this kind of work will have to be properly licensed. Check their license and make sure it is up to date. Make sure they carry insurance, WSIB coverage, and have a robust warranty. Nobody wants to think about what could go wrong, but you have to make sure you’re protected. Finally, be sure to have an agreement signed prior to work beginning. The last thing you want to do is to have them raise the price on you halfway through construction. Don’t give them the opportunity by locking in a price early on.
What to Watch Out For
Are people refusing to show their IDs when you ask? Are the credentials outdated with the promise that they are not? Is the cost too good to be true? If this is the case, then ditch their service and instead go with a company you can trust.
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