As a home inspector, you know the telltale signs of foundation trouble: cracks in the basement and ceilings, cracks around doorways and windows, leaning chimneys, bowing walls, standing water, etc. However, knowing there is foundation damage and being able to diagnosis the actual problem are two different things. This is where a foundation expert comes in handy. Continue reading to learn why you need a foundation expert, and when you’re ready to contact a specialist contact us for help or find your local CHANCE foundation repair expert.
Why would a home inspector need to call in a foundation expert?
Just as foundation experts might not know what impact a certain neighborhood or brand of appliances may have on the value of a house, a home inspector can’t be expected to give a complete analysis of foundation. Foundation experts can provide full foundation reports with details, including signs of interior or exterior damage, the cause of the problem, the severity of the damage, and the repair plan and approximate costs. Or, if there is no structural threat, they can let you know that everything is in order, providing peace of mind for the homebuyer (and you!).
What qualifications should a home inspector seek in a foundation expert?
When choosing a foundation expert, you want to be sure you’re getting trustworthy advice and partnering with a company that is capable of restoring integrity to the foundation of the home. Your foundation expert should be bonded and insured with worker’s compensation and should be reputable (hint: do some research in the Better Business Bureau). The expert should also have a portfolio of previous repairs, a list of references and testimonials, and should provide you with a written estimate.
Building a relationship with the right foundation specialist is crucial. Whoever you recommend will impact your reputation, so you want someone you can trust. You also want what’s best for your client, which is a detailed understanding of the damage (if any) to the foundation and a thoughtful repair plan.
Keep in mind that you’ll want to have options to provide to your client that can meet their different needs and budget. Get to know a few foundation specialists so you can encourage your client to get multiple estimates and opinions.
Discovering foundation trouble is scary when you’re buying or selling a home. So, if you discover foundation damage, expect that your client will want answers. As a buyer, they need to know if the house is a sound investment. As a seller, they’ll want to know if they’ll be able to sell the house.
When you have a trusted expert on hand, your clients can get the answers they need to gain peace of mind, and also to make a plan to fix the issue. By understanding the damage, they can better understand the financial implications, too. You can help them through the process by working with a Certified CHANCE® Installer. CHANCE® has the largest network of professionals in the industry and offers the strongest warranty. If you’re ready to find a foundation expert to help your clients, contact your local CHANCE foundation expert today.