So you’ve noticed some signs of foundation damage in your home. Maybe doors or windows that stick, cracks in the walls, a porch or patio that’s pulled away from the foundation. Your home is settling, but how bad is it? Who do you call to get an honest repair quote? At PierMagic, we want to make sure you don’t get taken advantage of by unscrupulous foundation repair companies. Sad to say, they’re out there trying to make a quick buck and not standing behind their work. Here are some good tips to avoid becoming a victim of foundation repair scam artists. Get an Unbiased Repair Assessment To be completely sure, don’t have your damage assessment done by a foundation repair company. Call a structural engineer. Engineers have nothing to sell but their expertise so they will only recommend what is essential for the stability and safety of a house. They aren’t worried about getting or not getting business out of you. Ask for Referrals from Other Customers Who Have Had Foundation Repair Always ask for referrals. Any company who does respectable work will have no problem giving you two or three referrals. Call those referrals. Talk to the actual homeowners who had the foundation work done. Ask about the quality of the work, the timeliness, the price. Homeowners are usually more than happy to help a fellow homeowner out. Gather Information About the Foundation Repair Company(s) Do your homework on the company or companies you like. The Internet is full of great information about the companies. Go to their website and also Google topics like “Foundation repair companies in (fill in your town)” and “Problems with foundation repair companies in (your town)”. Look them up and see if they have a Better Business Bureau. Don’t Pay Up Front Don’t agree to pay any upfront fees. Reputable companies will not expect payment until delivery of goods has begun and usually final payment after the work has been completed to the customer’s satisfaction. If you pay them everything up front, you have nothing to negotiate with later if you are not happy with the work performed. Look for Longevity in the Foundation Repair Business Ask how long the company has been in business under its current name. Shady companies will change names to be able to keep repeating the same shoddy work. If a company has only been in business a year or less, check into them even more closely just to make sure they are legitimate and trustworthy. For the record, PierMagic® has been in the foundation repair business since 2007 as PierMagic® Foundation Solutions. We can assess your damage but will not be offended if you choose to get a second opinion. We happily give referrals to all of our customers. Look us up on the Internet and we think you’ll be very satisfied with what you find.