Most people are under the impression that only the old-style Queenslander houses are the variety that can be raised, but this is a misconception. In actual fact, most residential houses can be raised, especially if you have the right company to do the work. The reasons for people wanting to raise their houses are varied, but it will usually be because they either want to make more space, there are foundation problems or water damage that requires urgent attention, or both. Here are five steps to finding the right contractor for you.
Assess the Work
Your first step is to decide what you actually want to get done. This means making a detailed list of what work you need to have completed, as well as how you are going to go about doing it. Depending on the work that you are having done, there may be some contractors who can handle the majority of the work, or you may need to bring in various contractors from different fields.
Doing your research is going to assist you with getting a good look at who is available in your area and what they are able to do. During your research, you might want to consider how much experience the company has had with the type of work that you need done. Usually a company that has been in the business for a long period of time, will not only have the best equipment but will also be able to put you in touch with other contractors that you may need. Be sure to make some calls to get as much information as possible about each company before you make your decision. Then narrow it down to a list of two or three, so that you can get a couple of quotes in order to make comparisons.
Get a Free Quote
Organise with the companies on your shortlist for them to come and give you a quote. Companies that have been in the business for a while, such as Black and White Houseraising and Restumping, will generally offer a free quote. This will usually involve an initial phone call and then someone from the company visiting your home to assess the work and providing you with a quote.
Can They Work within Your Timeframe?
Another part of choosing the correct company is by assessing when you want the work done and whether the company can fit in within your timeframe. There may be a waiting list or your first choice of company may not be available when you want the work done, which means you could change your dates to suit them, or find a company that can accommodate your needs.
Book a Company and Start Preparing Your Home
Once you have made your choice your house raising company will provide you with a checklist of what needs to be done to prepare. Follow their instructions to ensure that there are not issues when the work is being done.