So you’ve noticed some sticking doors and windows. Walking through your yard after a rain shower, you step in some standing water. That crack on the wall by the garage has definitely gotten bigger. You recognize the signs of severe foundation distress, and now you’re ready to do something about it.
As any savvy shopper would, you collect bids from different foundation repair companies. As you look over the estimates, there is one that jumps out at you, because it is substantially less than the rest. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true…it probably is.
Unfortunately, this happens often enough that there is a name for it, “foot in the door” bidding. Now these contractors aren’t unique to foundation repair. You’ll find plumbers, painters, roofer and general contractors that try the same ploy. However, when dealing with something as vital to your Zachary home’s health, safety and value as its foundation, these bids should set off a major red flag.
Here is a text book example of how these scams go. Company A claims that only a partial area of the foundation needs work. So instead of ensuring the health of your entire home and foundation, they fix a fraction of the problem, disguising it as repairing your entire foundation.
They enter the negotiations knowing that a quality, reputable, professional foundation repair company in south Louisiana will quote a much higher estimate. These prices may very well be out of your price range. However, assuming you are getting the same value for a fraction of the cost, it makes sense. They also may be stair stepping the cost by only charging and completing one aspect of the repair at a time. Knowing for example you have at least $10,000 worth of repairs that need to be done, and offering to fix something for $2,000 will get his “foot in the door”. Meanwhile, planning to comeback in the future and offer to remedy another issue for another nominal fee, so on and so forth.
When you make that decision to repair your foundation it cannot be overstated how important it is to select a reliable, respected repair company that will not only repair the damage, but educate you in the process and stand behind their work with a lifetime warranty. WCK Foundation Repair has been caring for south Louisiana foundations for over 30 years. They have developed and exceled at the ideal repair method for Baton Rouge and North Shore soils.
Remember that foundation repair isn’t as simple as adjusting one corner of your home. If uneven soil expansion, rotting beams, poor drainage or plain old bad construction is affecting one area of your foundation, it’s likely affecting all of it. You deserve a full solution to the entire problem.