What to Expect After a Foundation Inspection

A question we receive often here at Dalinghaus Construction Inc. is what exactly happens after Inspector Gadget or Clouseau inspects my foundation?

Truth be told – we don’t know. We can’t currently afford fictional characters, but we do know what occurs directly following when our foundation repair specialists finish an inspection.

Directly following our inspection (or at least within 24 hours after), you will receive:

  • A to-scale CAD drawing of your home
  • Floor Elevation Measurements
  • Foundation Repair Plan / Proposal

*Note – Occasionally, you will only receive the floor elevation measurements and CAD drawing because no foundation repair is required (lucky you).

If you decide to go through with foundation repair (which we strongly recommend in order to keep up the equity of your home and boost resale value), we kick it into high gear.

After you sign the proposal is when the real magic happens. Like our Foundation Repair Specialist Garret Batten states in the video above:

Signing the proposal alerts our entire office so we can start focusing on youpermitting, and save your spot on the calendar. In addition, the down payment is only $1000 or 10% of the entire project and we always take the smallest number.

Currently, there is a 2-3 month wait after the proposal is signedsealed, and delivered.

So, what happens during this 2–3-month period?  

  • Engineering and permitting is secured

Engineering & Permitting

Once the proposal is signed, the proposal is sent to soil/structural engineers for review. This process can take anywhere between 4-6 weeks.

After the proposal has been rigorously vetted by our outsourced engineering, the plans are then sent out for permitting.

Permitting varies by statecitycounty and usually takes anywhere between 4-8 weeks.   

This is potentially the longest part of the entire foundation repair process as engineering and permitting are in sequential order (and, if they do overlap, it is because engineering needs to be reconfigured).  

After the permitting has been squared away, the work can be scheduled anywhere between 2-4 weeks out (depending on how full our calendar is).

Active Job site Timeframe

The actual work on the job site itself typically only takes 5 business days (your average Monday through Friday workweek).

This is the same across the board for Push Pier Foundation Repair and Helical Pier Foundation Repair.

Obviously, if a project starts midweek, it won’t be finished until the following week. We rarely work weekends except for unusual, extenuating circumstances.

After the job is complete just sit back, relax, and enjoy our lifetime warranty.

Also see our article: How Heat Affects Your Foundation?

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                                                                         4-8 weeks

Active Job Site Timeframe                                    1 week

Total                                                                                11-17 weeks

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

Choose Dalinghaus for Your Foundation Repair Needs

 Here at Dalinghaus Construction, Inc.: we respect your time. We tailor-fit your home’s repair plan to meet your unique needs.

Dalinghaus Construction Inc. can help you fix your sinking foundation once and for all with helical pierpush pier, and polyurethane underpinning

We do foundation underpinning the right way. With over 100 years of combined experience and 4.9 stars out of over 300 reviews – we are here to ensure that you never settle

If you live in SoCal or Arizona and would like 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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