The Smart Way to Use Foundation Repair Coupons

You have the classic signs of concrete slab foundation distress. OK, your house does. Doors and windows don’t work right, you have cracks around the frames or cracks in your brick veneer. You think your foundation is going to need some work. Then you open the mail or the newspaper and there it is. A “valuable coupon” offering a tidy little sum off the foundation repair job.

The fine print says you must present the coupon at the time you receive your free estimate. It also says you only have a couple of weeks to make that call or the coupon expires. What to do?

First, take a deep breath and rest in the knowledge that these coupons will be coming back around every few weeks. Unless you have really sudden and severe damage to your house and foundation you have some time to make an educated choice.
$1000 off foundation repair coupon.

Next, have an independent structural engineer with foundation experience inspect your slab and generate a report detailing the findings. Your foundation leveling job may cost several thousand dollars. The inspection will cost several hundred dollars depending on the size of your home. Spend. The. Money. The information about the state of your foundation will be coming from a professional engineer who’s obligation is your best interest and not from a professional pier salesmen who’s obligation is to sell foundation repair services.

Then get bids from at least two other foundation repair contractors. See what they have to say about your slab, and after they leave, compare it with the engineer’s report (about which you’ve said nothing.) Keep their bids on hand and only then call the company with the coupon.

This way you can view the company offering the big dollar off coupon in an educated light. You’ll have a better sense of the true value of that coupon and won’t be time squeezed into making a rash decision that may or may not be a good deal on foundation repair. That is all.

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    • Alex
    • August 5, 2008

    I have to say that I really have enjoyed your blog. Two things I am curious about. One, are you a foundation repair company? Two, if not who would you suggest in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. I have had a fit with my foundation. We moved in March of 2008 and did a little foundation repair on the outside of the house and did a few interior piers as well. There is one part of the house in the hall way that is sinking but didn’t put piers there. Once the ran stopped we started getting cracks everywhere! That prompted me to go on a mission. Alas the soaker hoses were put in place. The cracks started to disappate but are still getting little cracks here and there. I assume on a 1950’s house on slab this is normal and could only imagine what a ‘foundation’ guy would want to do if he walked in here.

    That said I have not been interested in getting another foundation repair company out just yet because I want to see how things end up after the summer. I guess I just haven’t really had anywhere to turn to and this blog seems like good information. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. I have learned (and this may be bad advice) that 75% of foundation issues are not resolved by piers but are drainage and water issues instead.

  1. Thanks for the kind words about the blog. I am just a home owner like you and not in the foundation repair business nor do I know anybody in the business.

    I always recommend spending a few hundred dollars to have an independent professional structural engineer inspect your foundation and provide a detailed report. They will know if it is a drainage issue and can suggest methods of repair that is right for your situation.

    Since you are in the DFW area, you can visit the Foundation Performance Association website http://www.foundationperformance.org/members_structural_engineers.cfm and search for structural engineers.

    Most are based in the Houston area, but there is one in Richardson and one in Allen. I used the one in Richardson for my inspection. He has a few repair companies he recommends, not because of financial ties, but because he has confidence in their work. Always ask about that when talking to engineers.

    Good luck!

    • Anna
    • October 29, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this post to us. This is really informative about foundation repairs. Keep posting!

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