The quality of your foundation repair is only as good as the professional doing the job. That’s why it’s imperative to choose the best foundation inspector in Los Angeles, which starts with doing your homework. As a homeowner, you’re not an expert on foundation performance; therefore, you’re relying on others to provide expertise in this area. Sadly, the foundation repair industry is riddled with errors and inconsistencies that work against your best interests.
Despite foundation repair being a $50 billion per year industry, many repairs go misdiagnosed and are ultimately ineffective. Hiring a trusted contractor for foundation inspection in Los Angeles is critical. Here are some things to consider when hiring a professional to inspect your foundation.
Is the Inspector Paid a Commission?
It’s not uncommon for some companies to pay the technicians who inspect the problem, analyze the data and make recommendations based on what they can sell to the homeowner. Talk about a conflict of interest! You don’t want someone who is essentially a salesperson to be making critical recommendations and precise observations when you really should have a foundation engineer making these calls.
Have the Inspectors and Contractors Undergone Extensive Training?
Any professional you hire should have training certifications from a variety of industry sources, like independent foundation associations or organizations. With an inspector who receives training from just a single supplier, it stands to reason that their recommendation will comprise products that only that supplier offers. There are too many foundation problems in existence for a one-size-fits-all solution.
Will the Inspector Come Back with a Report?
If your inspector comes up with a solution on the spot after having just assessed the problem, this could be a hasty and unwise move. Most contractors would be uncomfortable coming up with a repair plan on the fly. A good inspector will do the inspection and then take the time later to write up a full report and make careful recommendations after much thought and consideration. Every home is different and every problem is different. Rushing the solution is never the answer.
Is the Inspector Familiar with Local Conditions?
Few places in the country have as active an earthquake-prone area as LA. You want to hire a local company with in-the-trenches experience in your area. This means they have many years of experience dealing with your type of foundation problems and have had success with the recommended fixes. A large national company won’t have the targeted regional focus a local one will have. Which one would you rather have working on your home?
Do They Communicate Well?
The best inspector in the world won’t be much help to you if they can’t communicate clearly what your problem is or how their proposed solution will help. Make sure they take the time to truly understand the critical issues and communicate those issues with verbal explanations as well as visual aids. Explaining foundation problems in layman’s terms is essential.
What is Their Reputation?
Experience counts. So does reputation. In order to find this out, you have to do some research. Read online reviews, ask friends which inspectors they have worked with in the past and interview the company itself. This is a big decision, and not one to be made lightly.
Contact CXC Contracting
Contact us today to schedule your free inspection at 805-300-8899. We offer full foundation repair in Los Angeles utilizing a variety of different methods, such as structural reinforcements, house bolting and filling materials. Let us fix and upgrade your foundation so it can provide the optimal level of protection.
Will and his company did an outstanding job retrofitting my 6 apartment buildings. I had several other companies bid this project but was won over by his knowledge and honesty. He listened to what i was concerned about, assured me he would he take care of everything and did everything he said he was going to do…and then some. I highly recommend him.
- Vlad R.
I want to thank Will and Isaias for assisting me on a special project I needed done at my house. Isaias came early and did exactly what I needed and asked for and for a reasonable price.I can’t thank you guys enough.
- Jessica D.
Will is honest and ethical which is a lot more than can be said about a lot of people in his business. All in all, just a pleasure to do business with.
- Reuben Z.
Excellent Project Manager and crew. Very professional and knowledgeable. They even did a little extra work at no charge that was not part of the contract! You will be making an excellent choice if you hire this contractor for your earthquake foundation repair.