Expert Guidance on the Cost for Foundation Repair
The foundation is one of the most vital components of the house. Since everything in a home is supported on the foundation, it’s important to ensure its stability. This guide will give you some ideas about the cost for foundation repair for your home.
Any issues with the health or integrity of the foundation can amplify into bigger problems that become harder to correct as they get worse. It’s for this reason that we suggest dealing with any foundation concerns as soon as it’s possible for you and your family.
Homeowners, therefore, should keep an eye out for any signs of foundation problems and should quickly take action to rectify them. This will ensure the integrity of the home and protect the homes resale value.
While elaborate procedures to fix foundation problems can incur huge expenses, these issues if tackled in the initial stages can be solved more affordably, at lower costs.
The cost for foundation repair is dependent on the type and extent of the problem. With the help of our Expert Advisors and Installation Professionals, we have created this guide to simplify and breakdown the cost of foundation repair based on the different tasks involved. For an accurate cost assessment, you can request a free foundation inspection from our trained Expert Advisors.
What Leads to Foundation Problems?
The actual issues that are impacting your home have a direct influence on the cost of foundation repair for your home.
Some of the common causes of foundation problems are:
- Poor drainage of water
- Expansion or contraction of soil underneath the foundation
- Poorly compacted soils
- Weak compressible soils
- Tree root decomposition
- Underground erosion
- Undersized footings
If you think any of these factors could be influencing your home, or you’ve noticed cracked bricks on your house, it’s normal to begin considering the cost of foundation repair.
Cost of Foundation Repairs
Now that you’re familiar with the common causes of foundation problems, you might be asking yourself, what are the costs?
Every home is different and so are people’s preferences so it’s impossible to guess the costs until a full assessment is done on the property but here are some factors that influence the cost of foundation repair.
Repair Methods Used
Every repair method requires different materials and install techniques. If the materials are more expensive and the time to install is longer, then the cost for that repair method will be higher.
An example, if you have a sagging beam that you just want to stabilize, it would cost less to add steel reinforcement to that beam rather than add a new footing with a steel crawl space jack because the materials are less and the time to install is less. If you required foundation crack repair because your house is settling, then you’d likely need foundation push piers which are more expensive and time consuming to install than crawl space jacks.
You should hire a structural expert with multiple repair options available to find the best solution. We take pride in offering multiple creative options to meet our customer’s goals.
Quantity of Units Installed
Most foundation repair projects are priced on a ‘Per Unit’ basis. ‘Per Unit’ pricing means you would pay a flat rate for every unit. Some companies charge as much as $2,000 per push pier while we charge less than $1,500 per pier, as low as $1,300 with higher quantities, so you can see how prices vary widely.
Every company is different. For most of our projects, we actually do custom pricing by estimating labor days plus materials cost to allow us to offer the best price possible. However most companies charge per unit regardless of any cost efficiencies they could take advantage of, leading to higher prices.
Difficulty of Installation
Every job has its own unique circumstances. Some jobs are harder than others. If a job has many obstacles or difficult working conditions, it makes sense that it would cost more. Any time there are obstacles making a job more difficult, it could increase the cost for your foundation repair.
Some foundation repair companies choose to add additional costs for additional depth with push pier installations. Not us!
If you were to work with a company installing push piers on your home and they drove past their allowed depth, you could receive an additional major expense to cover their ‘depth clause.’
Bigger companies typically have higher overhead. If a company does a lot of advertising, it is the customer that is paying for those ads.
Our company is a very efficient operation with a great team. We do a high volume of business without advertising much because we’ve developed a great reputation and get lots of referral business. This allows us to charge less than most foundation repair companies.
Assessing your Cost for Foundation Repair
As you can now see, the cost for foundation repair varies depending on the size of the crawl space, the difficulty of the work conditions, and the actual scope of work.
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. For a precise cost of crawl space repair for your home, contact us today and we will send in one of our experts to inspect your property. Our expert inspection is free and we will only recommend options that address the problems that are important to you.