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How Much is Foundation Repair in San Diego?

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Learning your home has foundation issues is already a pain. Not knowing the cost of foundation repair in your home in San Diego County can compromise your peace of mind.

Dalinghaus Construction wants you to know the cost of foundation repair in San Diego county. That way you won’t be blindsided when multiple companies offer you their proposals for repair. 

Be sure you’re sitting down as you read this article. 

Dalinghaus Construction has inspected over 10,000 homes throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada, repairing over 2,000. A large chunk of our work is in San Diego County, as well as other counties in Southern California. We’re able to compare the pricing in each county we work in so you can have a good idea of your expected foundation repair cost. That way you won’t be blind-sighted when you receive a proposal. 

Before delving into the price, here’s what you need to look for

Homeowners in Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada will experience what is called Foundation settlement, which means an area of your home is sinking.

Before talking about the cost, you need to see if you’re noticing any signs and symptoms of needing foundation repair for your home.

You need to look for:

  • Drywall cracks
  • Stucco cracks
  • Concrete slab cracks
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Tile cracks
  • Chimney cracks
  • Leaning chimney
  • Sloping floors
  • Doors and windows are hard to open and close
  • Water leaks

Finding one of these signs and symptoms in your home doesn’t mean you have foundation issues. It may be an isolated problem in your home. Finding more than one of these signs means there is a higher chance of you experiencing foundation settlement problems.

To understand what exactly to look for and why you notice these signs and symptoms, you will want to check out our Ultimate Guide to Signs and Symptoms of a Home in Need of Foundation Repair.

Cost of Foundation Repair in San Diego, CA

The cost for foundation repair can be anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000. Sometimes more. It all depends on the extent of the damage to your foundation. Our average foundation repair cost is around $26,000.

We have had projects for commercial buildings that cost around $200,000.

If you’re worried about what’s unique about costs between San Diego County compared to other counties, there isn’t much difference, if there is any difference at all. There isn’t anything really distinguishable.

Also read: Repair And Retrofit Of A San Diego Home

Areas in San Diego are more affected by foundation settlement 

There are some areas we can come out to more often than others. In east county San Diego, we’re out in areas such as Lemon Grove and Spring Valley.

Cities by the coast like La Jolla, Point Loma, and Del Mar are also affected by foundation settlement, especially homes on slopes. With the expansive soils shifting, homes are likely to deal with foundation settlement and lateral movement.

Take a look at this video of an inspection that took place in San Diego:

Permitting tends to take a longer time in San Diego

Permitting does tend to take a while, specifically in the city of San Diego. The county isn’t always bad, but can still take a long time.

In most counties, it can take under a month. We average 4-16 weeks depending on the county, but counties in Southern California can be expedient with their permitting process. The city of San Diego can take a few months. The county is faster compared to the city.

Either way, San Diego County and City are usually faster than Los Angeles and Los Angeles County.

Thankfully, the permitting process taking a long time doesn’t affect your cost. 

The only time your price may be affected is if your foundation settlement worsens over an expanded period. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen often. Dalinghaus Construction tries to avoid Change Orders as much as possible. 

Change Orders don’t benefit anyone. We strive to make things as smooth for you as possible.

Types of foundations we deal with in San Diego

The ratios we experience in San Diego County tend to be 60:40, with raised being the majority and slab-on-grade being the minority.

We’ve also seen many homes that have both types of foundations. Many houses in San Diego County were constructed before the 70s with raised foundations since they were cheaper to build back in the day. With the price of concrete significantly decreasing, many additions to homes are slab-on-grade due to how cheap they were to construct – and still are.

Now that you know the cost of foundation repair in San Diego County, be sure to receive multiple bids

The cost is enough of a pain, but that doesn’t mean finding the right foundation repair company will also be strenuous.

Seriously, get as many bids from different companies as you can. You know the pricing for foundation repair in San Diego County. You should also find foundation repair companies that cater to your area. That way you can compare companies to see which one best suits your needs.

Dalinghaus Construction would like to be your foundation repair company, but you may want to go with someone else. And that’s okay. What matters is finding the best company for your peace of mind.

Consider consulting Dalinghaus Construction for your first (or next) foundation repair bid. We offer FREE foundation evaluations all over San Diego County. We’ll schedule a foundation inspector to come out to your home to look for any issues and signs of settlement. And seriously, you don’t need to pay a penny. All we ask for is 60-90 minutes of your time.

You can call (877) 360-9227, or click the button below to book your free evaluation today!

You can also take the next step to learn about the average foundation repair timing with our article What is the Average Foundation Repair Time?


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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