Many homeowners dread foundation cracks and other structural issues. Some damage can need expensive repairs while others can be a quick and easy fix. It is important to hire the right kind of foundation inspector for the assessment.
Why Should You Get a Foundation Inspection?
Foundation inspections are beneficial to home buyers and existing homeowners. They assess any damage or future repairs and can help you make informed decisions. Cracks, leaks, and other foundation concerns need to be evaluated by a professional.
Outside of your house, you might notice cracks, gaps around doors and windows, or even a sagging roofline. Inside, you may find doors that stick, cracks or unlevel floors, even nails popping out of drywall. All these signs may be a symptom of a damaged foundation. However, only a proper foundation inspection will be able to determine the state of your foundation.
How Much Do Foundation Inspections Cost?
An inspection by a properly licensed inspector or a structural engineer will typically cost between $300-$400. Additional structural assessments may cost extra, but it is well worth the expense. Additionally, if you need plans drawn, expect to pay closer to the $1,000 range. Prices may vary between companies and the extent of the inspection, so it is best to call for a quote.
What Should I Look for When Hiring a Foundation Inspector?
When considering having work done on your home, it is important to hire the right person. The right inspector can help you avoid unnecessary costs and save thousands of dollars. There are many companies that perform questionable evaluations and may recommend unnecessary repairs. To avoid that, you need to hire an unbiased, expert inspector. Here are three tips for hiring a foundation inspector.
#1 Hire an Unbiased Inspector
Have you ever worried that your car mechanic wants to charge you for an unnecessary repair? You can avoid that feeling when you hire an unbiased foundation inspector. Their priority should be to give an accurate and thorough assessment of your home’s foundation.
A RES Customer Experience
We got a call from a woman who received several bids on a crack in her foundation. The bids ranged from $15,000 to $40,000 to repair her foundation. There were drastic differences in bids and called us asking for an expert, unbiased opinion. In our assessment of her cracked foundation, we discovered she did not need any structural repairs, saving her up to $40,000.
Our foundation inspectors do not benefit from the cost of your repairs or which repair professional you choose. We provide unbiased inspectors and repair documentation. Our repair assessment and pricing evaluation can be taken to any qualified foundation repair company.
#2 Work With an Expert
If you are not sure what to look for in a foundation inspection, don’t worry. An expert in foundation inspection will examine the entire foundation and any related areas. A professional will tell you exactly what to expect and walk you through the whole process.
Avoid inspectors who cannot explain problems and repair solutions. Some problems can be assessed through a video inspection, while others will need an in-depth on-site investigation.
If you are not sure about the reputation of an inspector, be sure to check out their reviews to avoid any unqualified individuals. Happy customers and a high rating are a good sign of a reputable business.
#3 Secure Your Repair Documentation
If your home requires a foundation repair, costs can vary depending on the contractor. Some companies provide a “blanket repair quote” designed to cover all possibilities. These quotes cover even unnecessary repairs. Avoid the high costs associated with these quotes and request specific repair documentation.
Each home and foundation calls for a custom repair solution. An inspector or engineer will be necessary for designing your repair document. You can see the diagnosis for yourself and hand your documents straight to the repair company. This is one of the best ways to ensure no extra costs are added.
Your inspector and the repair documentation they create will give you the freedom to choose who works on your home and feel confident in moving forward.
Schedule a Foundation Inspection
Once you feel confident in your choice of an inspector, schedule your appointment. It is important to have any damage or issues reviewed as soon as they are noticed.
RES offers expert foundation inspection services, through on-site evaluations and video consultations. If you need an inspection or have any questions about your foundation, contact us today and we will help you decide the best course of action.