Finding a reliable foundation repair contractor is crucial when making improvements to your home or property. We will talk about 3 sources of information on reliable foundation repair contractors: The Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, and The Foundation Repair Association.
The State of Texas does not license foundation repair. This has lead an influx of unreliable foundation contractors. They promise fast, cheap repairs and offer huge discounts.
Better Business Bureau
When deciding on a foundation repair contractor, always be sure to check their history and reputation through reliable sources. The Better Business Bureau is a good source to check out the reliability of a contractor. The BBB has a rating system, the highest of which is an A+.
The Fort Worth and Dallas Better Business Bureaus are separate entities operating under one banner. To avoid confusion, only one BBB will provide a rating. This is the BBB which covers the hometown of the contractor’s corporate headquarters. You can find the BBB that is closest to you through a simple Google search for “BBB + your city”. Once on the website, you can search by company and read up on their ratings.
Angie’s List has become a popular, reliable source of information for foundation contractors. This is a subscription service for members only. Advertising in the Angie’s List magazine is by invitation only that is extended to companies that have received favorable ratings by other Angie’s List members. For this reason, you know that the companies listed here are reputable and reliable.
National Foundation Repair Association
In addition to making sure you the foundation repair contractor has high ratings in the BBB and Angie’s List, you should check The Foundation Repair Association website (foundationrepair.org). The NFRA is a professional national organization that exists to promote high ethical standards in the practice of foundation repair and to promote cooperation between the foundation repair industry and government. If the company is listed on this website in their members’ section, there is a good chance that you are dealing with a professional and reliable company.
Member companies of the Foundation Repair Association must meet high ethical standards of business and advertising, For continuing membership the member company is reviewed annually and must remain in good standing in the industry.
Requirements to be a member include:
- In active foundation repair business for a minimum of three years
- Satisfactory BBB report for the business.
- Satisfactory credit references from three major suppliers or a Dun & Bradstreet report with a satisfactory payment history.
- Minimum of at least $500,000 of General Liability Insurance, verified annually.
- Maintenance of workers compensation insurance or employee accident insurance, verified annually.
- Adherence to a Code of Ethics in advertising and business practices.
- Approval into the Association by a majority of the members.
Make Sure You Ask The Right Questions
After verifying that your foundation repair contractor is in good standing with these organizations it’s still important that you perform your due diligence. Choosing a foundation repair contractor is an important decision. Investing in foundation repair is costly so you want to make sure you hire someone who’s going to do the job properly the first time around. For this reason, we have put together a list of questions to ask your foundation repair contractor. Once you go through these questions you should have a much better feel for the company you are considering hiring.
If you’re currently looking for a foundation repair company in Dallas-Forth Worth area or the surrounding cities, we would be happy to answer any of your questions. At Granite Foundation Repair we’re committed to providing professional foundation repair services for homes in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.