How to Read your Dalinghaus Proposal

Proposals are a big deal – usually, you get a big shiny rock that sparkles when it hits the light just right which sets the foundation of the relationship. 

At Dalinghaus, proposals are also important because they encompass the scope and cost of your construction project. It is important to know how to read and understand this document because it sets the expectations for the entire construction process. 

Things to be aware of before looking through your Dalinghaus Construction Proposal –

  1. If you have not received your email within the designated timeframe, check your SPAM folder and skip past the blue pill offers until you find us.
  2. Click the yellow tab (this shows you all of the details)
  3. Permitting is not included in your proposal. Why? It’s outside of our jurisdiction, so to speak. Permitting is controlled by the state, county, and city. We are in close contact with engineers, but like with everything, working with the government can be a slow process.

We start setting expectations early by providing our licensing number and licensure classifications

Lic # 983851

  • C-8 – CONCRETE

Price Breakdown

This is followed by a price breakdown. The price breakdown is calculated off of the productservices, and engineering costs – all of which are determined by the type of repair.  

Product might include (but is by no means limited to):

  •   Push Piers
  •   Helical Piers
  •   Helical Tiebacks
  •   Whaler Beam
  •   Polyurethane
  •   Concrete  
  •   Retrofit Foundation Plates

Product and services are obviously hand-in-glove, but services might include –

  •   Foundation Repair
  •   Polyurethane Void Fill
  •   Concrete RnR Pier Locations
  •   Mobilization
  •   GPR Floor Scanning
  •   Retaining Wall Repair

Engineering costs are dependent on the county/city, what type of engineering is required. Types of engineering and costs include –

  •   Structural Engineering
  •   Geo-Engineering
  •   Full set of stamped plans

The Dalinghaus Proposal Price Breakdown looks like so (from left to right like the proposal) –

Code          Description        Qty/Unit     Price

Code covers the service that will be provided. For example, under code, you might see: Concrete – GPR Floor Scanning. 

The description is a brief, detailed sketch of what the code/service looks like. For example, for Concrete – GPR Floor Scanning the Description might read –

GPR is capable of providing the following information:

-Determining the thickness of masonry and concrete structures

-Determine the spacing indications

-GPR emits a very low energy high-frequency radar waves (unlike the gamma rays used in X-Ray radiography). This allows the GPR to be used in buildings while residents are present.

The Quantity and Unit section covers the number of implementations of a specific service or the quantity of material.

For example, if you needed 7 Concrete RnR locations to complete your foundation repair project, the lucky number 7 would be in that spot.  

Price covers the cost of the service/product multiplied by the quantity/unit section. This is specified by a $ sign.  

All of the prices are added up for you, culminating in a total that is in a large font and bolded for your convenience.   

Everything has a price line, there is no hidden cost.

At Dalinghaus Construction Inc., we pride ourselves on our honesty, integrity, and transparency.

We provide the best possible estimates we can in order to ensure there are few, if any, significant change orders. This is where we are set apart from our competition.

We do not underbid projects knowing we will take a chunk out of your savings later via change orders and hidden fees.

We don’t write that you need 4 helical pier locations knowing full well you need 7 – the good ole bate and switch.      

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions are often referred to as the fine print because the font is usually smaller, and many clients skip over them due to its bulk and stupidly sophisticated ostentatious affectation.

Don’t skip ours. The Dalinghaus Construction Inc. terms and conditions are important and really not that difficult to understand.

Terms and Conditions cover bases to ensure protocols are already in place if/when snags occur. The most important aspect of Terms and Conditions is that they set the ground rules and, in turn, set expectations.

We here at Dalinghaus set high standards and we put them in ink because we expect ourselves to meet those standards.

And just like we have expectations for ourselves, we have expectations for our clients throughout the duration of our time collaborating together on your repair project.   

So, directly following price is our terms and conditions which covers:

  •   Owner’s Responsibilities 
  •   Delays
  •   Plans and Specifications
  •   Subcontracts
  •   Completion and Occupancy
  •   Insurance & Deposits
  •   Right to stop work
  •   Clean Up
  •   Validity and Damages
  •   Asbestos, Lead, Mold, and other Hazardous Materials
  •   Standards of Materials and Workmanship
  •   Changes in Work
  •   Note about Extra Work and Change Orders
  •   Changes in the work
  •   Attorney Fees
  •   Contractor License Requirements

These individual sections are self-explanatory in the proposal itself. In addition to the terms and conditions section, there are also sections regarding:

  •   Additional Construction Notes
  •   Contract Exclusions
  •   Payment Schedule
  •   Right to Cancel

o   You may cancel the transaction, without penalty or obligation, within 3 business days from the proposal acceptance

o   Pricing is only valid for 60 days upon date of quotation

*Please note – our project stipulations are general stipulations for all projects we are capable of completing. Some sections included in the proposal might not directly apply to your project – and that’s okay.  

Limited Warranty   

Many of our products and services have warranties, including our steel pier systems which are now covered under a lifetime warranty.

This section also covers –

  •   Standard Exclusions Permitted by Law
  •   General Terms
  •   Foundation Piers
  •   Crawlspace Jacks
  •   Polyurethane Installation
  •   Exclusions from This Warranty
  •   Customer’s Responsibility


 Great news, we’re insured.

We have Commercial Liability Insurance and Worker’s Compensation Insurance.

Signifying if we get hurt working on your project, we’re not coming after you and if something goes awry on the project, we can pay to cover it.  

For more reasons on why it’s imperative to hire an insured foundation repair contractor, check out our article Why Hire a Licensed, Insured, & Bonded Foundation Repair Contractor.   

Mechanic’s Lien Warning

A Mechanic’s Lien is a backup plan implemented by contractors/subcontractors to ensure compensation in the event of missed/tardy/discontinued payments.   

Arbitration of Disputes

 If there is a dispute on how the contract is interpreted resulting in financial qualms the matter will be settled in court and monetary compensation will be awarded to the winning litigation party.  

Confidentiality and Disclaimer

We don’t share how much it costs to fix your retaining wall with your friends, family, and neighbors. We expect the same courtesy when it comes to sharing our contracts with third parties.

And then you Sign

You put down your John Hancock and the rest is cake. Well, for you, that’s when we get to work

Shovels Hit Dirt

Signing your foundation repair proposal is one of the final steps before our shovels hit dirt. 

Regardless of what kind of project Dalinghaus Construction Inc. is completing for you, it is imperative to read over your proposal carefully. 

Be sure to check out our post What to Expect After Signing Your Foundation Repair Proposal

Click the link below to download a free foundation repair guide –


Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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