The Importance of Choosing the Right Contractor

The Importance of Choosing the Right Contractor

February 20, 2018

We’ve all heard the horror stories. We’ve heard the tales that simply can’t be true. We’re talking about contractor nightmares, when the work that you’ve spent so much time and energy preparing for, goes awry. Luckily, they’re totally avoidable, but only if you properly research your choices.

If you’re newer to the VIC Underpinners blog, welcome! You’ll soon learn why we’re the best defence against the aforementioned nightmares. We’re your one-stop shop for all things foundation reinforcement, ensuring that your home is as safe and comfortable as possible. If you’re a repeat visitor, welcome back! We’re excited to share information around an industry that we’re so passionate about.

Today, we’d like to discuss exactly why it’s so important to choose the right contractor. There are several reasons and some may surprise you more than others:

It could cost you more money in the long run

Cutting corners never pays off. When you see a contractor’s price tag, remember how important underpinning is to your home. You get what you pay for, so shoddy workmanship may be the trade-off for lower rates and fees. If the work is shoddy, it will deteriorate more quickly and can mean that you will just need to repeat the same work within the span of a couple of years. You’re basically throwing money away.

It can damage your home even further

We always want to assume the best of our competitors and feel very lucky to work in such a supportive industry. That being said, there are unfortunately contractors out there who just don’t have as much experience. The VIC Underpinners team has been fortunate enough to accumulate decades of experience, working on a variety of different styles and types of homes. We’ve worked on homes of all sizes. We’ve worked on different terrains. And we feel confident navigating each. This is hopefully evident in the work that we turn around, but that’s not always the case. When contractors don’t know what they’re doing and they work on the foundation of your home, it’s very easy to not follow standard practices and protocols, thus damaging your house even further.

It can reduce the value of your home

Information like the state of your foundation is pretty much public knowledge, as soon as you put your house on the market. Once prospective buyers begin doing walkthroughs, they have every right to inquire about the state of different pieces of the home. If you’ve experienced foundation damage, and a contractor has come in recently to help mitigate, this will be an area that prospective buyers will be keen to discuss. They’ll want a full look at all of the recent work done on the home because that factors into future potential work that they’ll have to take on. The last thing you want during an already stressful process is the additional need to explain why shoddy work was done on the foundation. It will also make them far more likely to request other details on the house as well.

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