Does your home need basement waterproofing? Getting a professional contractor to carry out the waterproofing is a good idea. Waterproofing can be complex. It requires a professional with years of experience to get it right the first time around.

If you’re a savvy homeowner, you’ve probably contacted various contractors to get estimates for the job. This is one of the best ways to assess contractors and ensure that you get a good deal. Now that you’ve narrowed down your choices, you may be thinking of committing to a specific contractor. Consider the following before you do:

1. Did they give you a proper diagnosis?

The estimate given should be based on information that the contractor collected during the inspection of your property. The contractor should have instruments to get accurate measurements. They should also consider the history of the property. Don’t accept an estimate given without this thorough inspection.

2. Is their suggested solution unquestionable?

The estimate should provide a description of the solution suggested by the contractor. Do your research and find out if what they suggest meets the minimum code requirements. Are their materials up to standard? Will their materials provide long term results? Are there good reviews about any specific system suggested for use?

3. How much will the waterproofing cost?

Basement waterproofing isn’t cheap. Take a close look at the estimate to see if the contractor is cutting any corners in order to keep the costs low e.g. using substandard materials. You get what you pay. If you rush for the lower priced estimate simply because it is cheap, you may not have a foundation to hold your home up by the time the contractor is done.

4. Are they offering you a complete solution?

It’s best to get the job done once and for all when it comes to basement waterproofing. Leaving out some details in the repairs may result in damage in the future. You’ll then have to carry out the repairs again. It’s cheaper to have all aspects of waterproofing addressed once and for all. Check to see that the contractor is offering a solution that not only addresses the leaking but also the root cause of the problem as well as other potential problems.

5. Do they have good references?

The best way to assess a contractor is by checking their references. Are they able to provide you with genuine references? Did they do a good job? What do their past clients say about their experience with the contractors?