What to Expect After Signing Your Foundation Repair Proposal (Email Confirmation)

So, you bit the bullet – signed on the dotted line to repair your spalling stem wall via carbon fiber wrap repair or to combat foundation settlement with steel pier underpinning. But now what? If you want to know what exactly to anticipate after signing with Dalinghaus Construction Inc., this article is for you.

Dalinghaus Construction Inc. has over 100 years of combined foundation repair experience. We know it’s important to set expectations through clear, constant communication so everyone is on the same paragraph (let alone the same page).

This article covers your two possible email follow-ups and the basic foundation repair production timeframe. By the end of this article, you will know more about the permitting and engineering process and be able to anticipate your possible production end date.   

Email Follow-Up After Deposit & Signing the Proposal

After you sign your foundation repair proposal and pay your deposit (which is $1000 dollars or 10% of the total project, whichever is lower) you can receive one of two confirmation emails from our office team.

Note – If you’re still wondering how to cover your foundation repair, read our article How to Pay for My Foundation Repair for tips and tricks on how to afford your repairs.

Lesley Owen, our wonderful Project Coordinator, may send you an email that looks like the following:  


Thank you for choosing Dalinghaus Construction.  I have received your job order and deposit and I have scheduled your project installation for ­­­_______________.  I will reach out about a week before your installation day to answer any questions you may have so you will be better prepared for our arrival.  Please confirm these dates will work for you. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Also, please read the article below to learn what to anticipate on the first day of your foundation repair project –  

In summary, this initial email:

  • Covers the scheduled date of your repair project/installation
  •   Alerts you that we will be in touch one week prior to your production date (as a reminder and to provide you an opportunity to ask questions)
  •   Provides a Dalinghaus blog article to talk you through what to expect on the first day of your foundation repair

Everyone’s repair project is different. There are numerous types of foundation repairs, from post-and-pad replacement to cracked footing repair to push pier installation. Some repairs are far more extensive than others, requiring specialized equipment and state permits.

Thus, depending on the type of repair required and the worksite location, engineering and permitting fees may be involved. Currently, permitting can take anywhere between 2-6 months depending on the city.

If you have a project that requires engineering and permitting, you may receive an email like the following –


Thank you for choosing Dalinghaus Construction.  I have received your job order, deposit, and Engineering fee.  For our next steps, Carly Gentry in my Engineering & Permits Department will process your information with the Engineer and provide you with periodic updates on how things are progressing so, please feel free to contact her directly at 951-473-0577 or you may simply reply to this email if you have any questions.  Have a wonderful day! 

In summary, this email:

  •   Alerts you that your job order, deposit, and engineering fee have been processed
  •   Provides you Carly Gentry’s contact information to stay in the loop for your Engineering & Permits timeframe
  •   Asks you to reach out if you have any questions (yes, really, we want you to reach out)

Note – Permitting fees are generally between $1000-$4000, depending on the city, county, and state. 

We do our utmost to keep you in the loop regarding where your permits are in the process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Carly Gentry. She is your own personal advocate with the city/state and works diligently to expedite the process.

Read more: Can My House Collapse From Foundation Issues?

 The Foundation Repair Waiting Game 

After you receive one of the following emails above – the waiting game begins. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and read our blog or watch our educational Youtube videos if you want to gain more insight into your upcoming repair.

Waiting is a very real part of the foundation repair experience. Check out our timetable below to anticipate your possible end date.

 Foundation Repair Timeline –

Inspection scheduling                                             2 weeks

Inspection                                                                         1.5 hours (one day)

Proposal Interim                                                           1 day to 6 Months

Engineering                                                                      4-6 weeks

Permitting                                                                         4-16 weeks

Active Job Site Timeframe                                    1-2 weeks

Total                                                                       11-26 weeks

*Note – this process can take up to 6 months, so plan on timeframe flexibility.

Dalinghaus Strives for Clear, Consistent, and Concise Communication

In this article, you learned about the two basic emails you may receive upon signing your foundation repair proposal and about the current next steps they outline. You also learned that foundation repair is a waiting game.

Dalinghaus Construction Inc. has been in the foundation repair game for a long time. Long enough to know crystal, clear communication provides strong results. This is the primary reason we utilize Buildertrend in our production process, an online platform that allows you to keep tabs on your project in real-time. 

To learn more about the great perks of Buildertrend, read our article The Benefits of Buildertrend (From Daily Logs to Messages).   

If you live in Southern California or Arizona and would like to book a free foundation inspection, click the link below.


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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