Today we are going to take a look at the practice that some firms use called “Foot in the door” bids.
What is a “Foot in the door” bid?
- This is a bid in which a firm comes to a house to inspect a foundation, roof, plumbing, or other service and offers a bid for partial repair, which is much lower than any of the other bids a customer receives. For the purposes of this blog we will focus on foundations.
In this example we will use Firm ABC, Firm JKL, and Firm XYZ as our firms offering bids.
- Firm ABC comes to the house, inspects the foundation and offers a bid of $8,000 with the job lasting 3 days and minimal disturbance to garden or landscaping.
- Firm JKL comes to the house, inspects the foundation and offers a bid of $10,000 with the job lasting only 2 days and considerable disturbance to garden or landscaping.
- Firm XYZ comes to the house offers a bid of $3,000 for 1/4 of the house with the job lasting 3 days and disturbance to only the part of the house being repaired.
All needed repairs for a typical house with moderate foundation damage start around $8,000 -$12,000 but can go as high as $20,000 -$30,000.
Many times, a firm will come to a house, inspect a foundation and get a feel for what a customer is wanting to spend. Most people are not going to be ready to pay $8K – $12K for a foundation repair.
Possibly only part of the house is currently being affected by foundation problems. In this case firm XYZ may claim that only 1/4 of the house is currently being affected by foundation problems and that for a much lower price ($3,000 in this case) the problem can be fixed.
Sounds great, right?
Logically if part of a house is sagging or experiencing foundation problems the soil associated with the house is the same all over, and more than likely at some point in the future another part of the house is going to need foundation repair.
Firm XYZ knows that, once the next part of your house begins sagging, you are more than likely going to call them back to do the repairs on that part of the house. This means more disruption to your landscaping several more days of having firm XYZ at your house, and more headache.
Let’s say over 4 years your whole house ends up needing foundation repair, you pay $3000 each time firm XYZ comes out and they are there for 3 days each time. That would be a total of $12,000 dollars over 4 years plus 12 days of repair time on your house. Not to mention the time they spend coming out to inspect the house each time they are called.
Compared to the other 2 bids this would be much more time than necessary and more than both bids.So in the long run the customer would have spent much more than they had planned and would have had much more time dealing with foundation repairs than necessary.
Be smart, if a house is having foundation problems the whole house needs to be fixed, even if some parts of the house are not showing signs. Putting a band-aid on a problem doesn’t heal the wound.
For a free bid on foundation repair in Austin, Texas contact Superior Foundation Repair. Superior also offers a lifetime transferable warranty on all foundation repair work.