How to Decide on a Foundation Repair Company

Our home’s foundation is important. Once it gets damaged, the structural integrity of our house is affected too. Once you notice that the interior wall is cracking, the windows and doors are difficult to close, the floors are sloping and there’s too much moisture on the crawl space, you really need to have your foundation checked and repaired.  

Foundation Repair Company

A foundation repair is a pricey project, so when you invest on it you have to make sure that you hire the right people. Before embarking on the foundation repair journey, do your homework first. Hire the contractors of foundation repair Mesquite that can give you the best service.  

Age and Reputation 

When you look for a foundation repair company, don’t settle on the first one you found. You have to get at least 3 prospects on your list. Ask each company how long they have been in the foundation business. Usually, companies who have been in the business for a long time have a proven record of successful projects. But even if they’ve been around for many decades, you should still ask for references. Find out if the company is a member of any professional organization. Make sure that there would be a supervisor on the site during the project.  

Foundation Repair Methods 

There are many foundation repair methods; each will depend on how worse the situation is. You have to remember that not all companies specialize in all of these methods. For example, if the bell bottom pier method is the proper one for you, it needs special equipment and skills to successfully install with precision. The steel piling method is a stable and strong way but prone to sagging if improperly installed. For the foundation repair to become a success, hire an inspector and engineer first, get their recommendation and then look for a company who specializes in the recommended method.  

Shop Locally 

If the foundation still has problems even if you already repaired it, make sure that you get in touch with the same company that first served you. A company that has franchised contractors has high turnover rates, so you might not get in touch with the contractor again. Working with a local company is better because these companies have better understanding of ordinances and local laws regarding repairs and construction.  

Insurance and License 

Before you sign a contract, make sure if the company has a license and insurance. These documents are really important. Make sure they are both licensed and insured. Insurance will give you a peace of mind, because no matter what happens you are all covered. Read some reviews about the company too, it will help you know more about them.  

Written Estimate 

Ask each of your prospects to give you a written estimate of all the costs. The estimate should be detailed; any added charges and costs should be written. Compare all the estimates to see if all of them have standard rates. Remember; don’t always go with the cheapest ones. Go back to the first 4 criteria.  

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Quick Website SEO Tune-Up

The surprising thing about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is that the process actually makes your website more readable and clear to its users, as well as attractive to search engines. That’s because humans and search engine spiders both want the same thing: clear, unambiguous, tightly focused, readable text on each page. Search engines like a few other things, too, like accurate title tags and concise description tags. But enough with the jargon, follow the guide below and learn how to improve your website’s user quality and search engine ranking, both at once — and without pulling out your hair.

SEO

Search engines deal with pages, not websites. A website is a collection of pages, true enough. But to a search engine, the world is a bunch of pages, some of which are closely linked together. This distinction is important to you because it makes you realize that each page of your website should be crafted as if it were a stand-alone website. Design a razor-sharp focus into each page; make each page cover only one topic, if possible.

Make your text concise, clear and accurate. Comb through your text and weed out superfluous words and phrases. Use keywords and key phrases that accurately describe that page’s intent and are also words and phrases that people would type into a search engine. This takes some serious thought, but is a logical process. Phrases are as important as isolated key words.

Many or most of your users will find your website via pages other than your home page. Make them all count by using clear, focused and accurate text on each page.

Title tags are very important — make sure they’re accurate. Title tags are the words you see at the top of your browser window when viewing a page. Also, these tags are the bolded words you see on search engine results pages (SERPS). Search engines value these tags highly. Each page of your website needs its own unique title tag. Your home page might be title tagged, “Joe Brown Landscaping, Denver, Colorado – site maintenance, lawn care, cutting, tree planting” for example. The about us page might be tagged, “Joe Brown Landscaping, Denver, Colorado – about us”, and so on.

These tags are input “behind the scenes” in the html editing area of your website. If you’re using an editor like Dreamweaver then you can easily modify or add these tags directly. If you are using a browser-based service to build and maintain your site, there should be a simple way to change/add these tags.

Make informative description tags. The description tags are the two to three sentence blurbs that sit just below the bolded words in search engine results pages. Sometimes a search engine simply pulls some (hopefully) appropriate text from the web page in question. Other times, though, it uses your own custom-made description tag. Take full advantage of this by making each of your pages’ description tags a beautifully crafted three sentence masterpiece of compelling, accurate, focused text. You can access this tag just like the title tag above.

Fill in your keywords tag, maybe. Back in the day, the keyword tag was important, and abused. Search engines depended on them and webmasters obliged by stuffing them full of misleading, hyped information. Soon the search engines began ignoring this mistreated tag. This is mostly still true today. You could skip using this tag if you’re pressed for time. If your site uses on-page advertising though, such as Google Adsense, then you should fill in your keyword tags. These tags are used for evaluating a page’s content for suitability for specific on-page ads. You can access this tag just as you can access the title tag above.

Most of these tweaks, edits and additions are straightforward. If you need professional help with your SEO project, be careful with Richmond SEO companies that you hire. Some outfits are overly-aggressive and can possibly cause your website to be penalized by the search engines. One I can recommend is High Rankings though I’m sure there are many others. Another good search engine resource is run by Danny Sullivan over at Search Engine Land.

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