Do foundation repair companies need licensing?

Do Foundation Repair Companies Need Licensing In Texas?

You know that when hiring a contractor it’s good to make sure that they are *licensed and insured* – at least that’s what everyone says anyway. You want someone reputable and are looking for a legitimate and trustworthy company to repair your foundation. 

What kind of licensing is there for foundation repair businesses in Texas? 

Where can I find a licensed foundation repairman?

Anchor Foundation Repair Bryan College Station

Short answers: None, and ya can’t (at least not in this state).

After 35+ years in business at Anchor Foundation Repair, we understand that homeowners worry when they have foundation problems. You don’t know what to do or who to trust. Not only are you concerned about your home’s safety and stability, but you’re also worried about choosing the right contractor to take care of your largest investment.

In this article, we discuss the fact that no official foundation repair licensing exists in the Great State of Texas and why. We’ll also give guidance on other means to help you find and hire a reputable foundation repair contractor despite the absence of any official licensure.

Please note: we are only addressing the licensed part of *licensed and insured* in this post. We’ll work up another article eventually to talk about the insured thing.

Do Foundation Repair Contractors Need a License in Texas?

There is no state-sponsored licensing, formal education, training, testing, or certification to become a foundation repair professional. So unlike your hairdresser, the foundation repair industry is not regulated in Texas or monitored at the government level for any sort of minimum standards. 

Any Texas foundation repair contractor that says they are “licensed” is already lying to you.

Not having a formal licensing process is not a bad thing or a good thing. Some argue that a lack of licensing can lead to unregulated processes, unsafe practices, and unfit workers. This could be true in some cases. 

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Some argue that no licensure means that the market will better determine who’s doing a good job for their customers and who’s not by having some businesses that thrive while others fail. This is often the case as we observe the longevity (or lack thereof) of various companies i.e. the good ones tend to be successful and stick around for a long time.

The one regulatory thing we do have is permit-related. In most municipalities, foundation repair contractors do have to be registered contractors with that city to pull work permits which are required in some cases (dependent on each city’s individual policies). So at least there’s that . . . 

Why Isn’t There Foundation Repair Licensing Here?

At one point, the foundation repair industry had national HUD guidelines, but those were done away with during deregulation efforts in the 80s. Fair-market competition allowed more companies and greater innovation to expand the industry. This gave consumers more choices and options and left each state to decide what they wanted to do going forward.

Since then, there have been attempts in Texas to require state licensing in the more recent past as evidenced by Senate Bill 1399 (2011-2012) here. These efforts were refuted in a concise rebuttal of that past proposed bill. 

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No government stamp of approval needed

In a nutshell, the rebuttal concluded that the regulatory bill would guarantee less competition and consumer choice. At the same time, regulations of this nature would result in increased prices to the consumer with no evidence that it would increase quality, citing the condition of other industries with such regulations in place.

Another problem with any sort of regulation is on the inspection side of things. Any effort to somehow *verify* that work was done properly is nearly impossible since everything is buried underground. Plus, even if everything on a foundation repair *looks okay* – you really have no way to test for quality repairs. The only good test is time . . .

New legislative activity on this front is not being pursued and we’re okay with that. No specific regulations for our industry mean that we can streamline our work, making what we do as efficient and cost-effective as possible for you.

How Can I Find a Good Foundation Repair Company?

So this is what we have in front of us: no licensing exists in Texas for foundation repair contractors. So let’s do the best we can with what we’ve got.

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You’ve got a license to search the internet . . .

Rather than relying on the State or some regulatory agency, you have to find other means of ensuring that the foundation repair company you select is up to the job . . . like reading this article and taking the time to do your research. All doable and perhaps more revealing than relying on the government to do a job that you can do better yourself. 

Before you even hit the internet search bar, it’s important to get clear on what you really want in a foundation repair contractor. 

Take some time to evaluate what you need and write down your top priorities. Better yet, check out this article for more advisement: How To Pick a Foundation Repair Company: Your Top Needs in 7 Questions.

Then work through these steps in your search:

  1. Be aware of sales gimmicks and red flags as you begin this process.
  2. Use the internet to narrow down your options. We suggest looking at BBB ratings and complaints and don’t consider anyone with less than a 4.7 Google rating. You should also check out this article on hiring a contractor of any kind for more tips.
  3. Ask *sensible* friends and family if they have feedback on foundation repair contractors.
  4. Prepare a list of questions you want to ask prospective contractors or use this one.
  5. Talk to the top candidates on the phone. See how they match up with your pre-identified needs, how they handle your questions, and if they ask you any. How do you feel when you’re talking to them? Your intuition is invaluable here.
  6. Get on-site inspections and quotes from the remaining companies. Second opinions are more than okay. 
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This may seem like a lot of steps, but we’re talking about a very important (dare I say, *foundational*?) component of your home and you’re trying to find the perfect match. Think of this process more like researching for a new car, and less like picking out a pack of gum from the corner convenience store. It’s gonna take more than 2 seconds . . . 

How Do I Know That Anchor Is a Reputable Contractor?

Now you know that there’s no licensing for Texas foundation repair contractors and why. You’ve even been given some practical steps on how to find a reputable contractor. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just use Anchor? 

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Our stamp of approval comes from our customers . . .

Well, if you’re in Bryan, College Station, or any surrounding Brazos Valley communities like Navasota or Caldwell, then we can help you. We’re proud of our local reputation.

With Anchor serving your foundation needs with excellence since 1985, you’ve got decades of expertise in the Brazos Valley and a 5-star Google rating too. On top of that, our drilled piers are the gold-standard, tried-and-true foundation repair method with a lifetime guarantee.

We love to hear from homeowners we have helped and their detailed and appreciative reviews speak for themselves. Just click on the Google reviews when you arrive at our business profile (Hint: it’s right next to the 5 gold stars . . . ).