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Hiring a Waterproofing Contractor

Author: Rachel Gelb
Category: Home Improvement

If your basement or other area of your home is in need of waterproofing, you may need to hire a waterproofing contractor for the job. Refer to these tips when you need to hire a professional, reputable waterproofing contractor.

Tips for Hiring a Waterproofing Contractor:

Ask Around.  Ask friends, family members, and neighbors to recommend a reputable waterproofing contractor they have recently hired. Check out the contractor at to read reviews from past customers. It’s also important to search for a business with good ratings and a minimum number of complaints.

Check Credentials.  Make sure any waterproofing contractor you consider is properly bonded, insured, and licensed to work in the state you live in. Be sure to get proof before the contractor starts the job. Look for contractors who belong to a professional association or organization. Members are often required to uphold to a certain set of standards and ethics.

Get in Touch with the Contractors.  When looking for a reliable waterproofing contractor, contact multiple contractors and note how quickly and professionally they respond. You will want a contractor that is able to accurately and quickly address your questions and concerns. Feel free to ask many questions in order to find out if you are comfortable with the contractor.

Get at Least Three Estimates.  It’s always a good idea to get at least three quotes to compare. Find out all the services that are included in the cost. It’s important to remember not to choose the cheapest estimate right away because you want the best deal for your money. Contractors with a higher estimate may have more experience or better quality work.

Request References.  Any reputable waterproofing contractor would be happy to give you a list of satisfied customers you may contact. If possible, request to see the work that has been done in the reference’s home.  Ask the references if they were completely satisfied with the job and if there were any issues with the waterproofing.

Carefully Review the Contract.  Before any waterproofing contractor starts working in your home you should have a written agreement. In the contract it’s important to check to make sure it includes a structure lifetime transferable warranty. This will hold the contractor accountable in case the work needs additional attention in the future. The contract should also guarantee the sump pumps for life, if applicable. Be sure to discuss the payment schedule and never pay a large deposit upfront. Be sure you read and understand all aspects of the contract before signing and never sign a blank contract.

About the Author: Rachel Gelb is Communications and Marketing Manager for BBB serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Find Rachel on Google +.

Questions and Comments

Comment Submitted 11/9/2016

I'm thinking about waterproofing my house just in case. Thanks for the information about how you should get at least three estimates and compare to get the bets price. Another thing to do is to interview contractors to find one that you like and trust.
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