Learn Some Of The Potential Headaches Of Foundation Repair
You would think that getting foundation repair done on your home would be a good thing, right? There is a known problem and a solution is taking place in order to restore the home’s safety, security, and structural integrity. In itself, that is a very good thing, but there are potential complications that prove to be the possible thorns that come with a rose like foundation repair. Keep reading to learn what 6 of them are so you can be on the lookout for them:
1) Your insurance does not cover the cost of the foundation repair: The need for foundation repair can be triggered by a lot of things, ranging from earthquakes and flooding to a car driving into the side of your home. Many incidents are covered by homeowners insurance, but flooding is not covered that much, and earthquake insurance is spotty at best. Check your policy to see what cracks in your foundation might actually fall through the cracks in your policy. Consider secondary coverage if your home is at risk of floods or other acts of nature.
2) You got a great quote from a contractor, paid upfront, and you’re still waiting for to show up: Honest and reliable contractors across the entire industry get a bad rap thanks to unethical people who act like contractors and possibly even are. However, they collect projects as quickly as they can, gathering what deposits they can get, and then they leave town, disappearing, often for good. Your best bet here is just to be a little vigilant in who you get quotes from, ask questions as to why you might have to put down any money up front and check into backgrounds to make sure you are dealing with legit locals who have been in town for a while.
3) Someone tells you the previous property owner is responsible for the financial burden of any foundation repairs you inherit: This might be a bald-faced lie, a misunderstanding, or just an error, and you might get told this whopper from anyone like a contractor to someone pretending they know the law. They don’t. If you own the property, then you own its ‘karma’ too, and you’re responsible for the upkeep. The only case where maybe the previous owner is liable for fixing it up is if you are in the process of buying a property and your inspector notices the foundation repairs necessary as part of the process before it is formally concluded.
4) The repair does not match the color and texture of the surrounding pavement: Professional contractors, more often than not, are going to be able to fill a crack with something that has the same look, feel, and durability of the surrounding foundation. However, there might be times where an exact match is either not possible, or it just does not match the next morning after it has set overnight. This might not matter at all if it is in a spot that is not easily visible, and certainly not if you are planting in front of it or painting it. However, if it is visible from the street or driveway and you are looking to sell soon, it could detract from the curb appeal.
5) Your home might have to be lifted: In some cases, in order to do foundation repair underneath the actual structure, your home may need to be partially lifted to provide access for the workers. This is done usually with pumps and lifts, but in extreme cases, the whole house is lifted by a crane. You won’t be having dinner at home that day, and you might have to move a lot of possessions out of it before this happens.
6) Subcontractors ruin the work or your home: If you are diligent, you’ll hire a company that you can trust, either from personal knowledge or because you vetted the company and its workers through background checks and research. However, what about any subcontractors they use? If you aren’t provided those names in advance, you could still wind up with people you didn’t approve of on your property, where they might jeopardize the work or even steal your possessions or identity.
There are plenty of other things that can go wrong with foundation repair, which is regrettable, considering that the project is supposed to fix a problem and not create them. However, looking out for these 6 can prevent many issues while you seek to correct one.