Testimonials

Jean C. is a Realtor based in Arlington, Texas. Jean is a member of a referral group that includes Thomas Engineering Company, and she recently talked about the importance of having Tommy review a property even before it goes up for sale.  She relayed the following story about a recent sale:

“We had a sale that was nearly jeopardized by a home inspector who pointed out the potential for a foundation problem where none existed. The home inspector identified a a few problems during his inspection process, and he recommended a more thorough review from a foundation repair company. When the SALESMAN from the foundation repair company came out to the property, you can guess what he found: ‘Well, this property definitely needs a repair. It looks like it will need 5 piers.’ This is the moment when the buyer’s agent calls me and says, ‘Your seller will have to take $7,000 less to cover the cost of this foundation repair if you want to move forward with the sale.

I’ve been working as a realtor in DFW for many years, and I know how to handle these situations when they arise. Since I had already spotted the potential for problems, I recommended to the seller that they have Tommy LaLonde review the foundation and determine in advance if there were any problems. Since Tommy is a licensed professional engineer, I know that his review carries significant weight, and if a problem did exist, we could have it addressed even before the home went on the market. In this situation, I was able to quickly reply to the buyer’s agent with a copy of Tommy’s report and show them that no foundation repair was required. This peace of mind during the sales process is crucial for making my clients feel at ease. My clients appreciate the fact that I know my business, and I have a group of experts that I can count on when needed.”

Wow! Thanks Jean for trusting us with your clients! We really appreciate the opportunity to assist your clients to be prepared when selling a home.

Jean C.Realtor in Arlington, TXChristenberry Group at Keller Williams

In the fall of 2015, Jennifer Peterson realized that something was amiss in her home.  She noticed that there were cracks in the ceiling, and that the cabinet doors in the kitchen were not staying closed.  She understood that this was a sign that her foundation may have some problems, and she wasn’t sure how to proceed.  She contacted Thomas Engineering, and had Tommy LaLonde, our owner, and a licensed, professional engineer inspect the property.  He has seen situations in the past where a foundation drip system can solve the problem and not require a foundation repair which can be far more costly.

Foundation Drip System Saves the Day!

Tommy reviewed the situation, and acknowledged a shift in the foundation, but felt that it could be managed with a foundation drip system.  He was cautious and didn’t guarantee that this would solve the problem, but felt pretty confident that it would.  He engaged our partners at Lee Engineering Company to put in the drip irrigation system and advised on how to set it up.

In early October,  Jennifer e-mailed us and outlined the following:

“The cracks in the ceiling appear to be closing somewhat. Not totally, but definitely noticeable. The cabinets in the kitchen are staying closed, not swinging open as they were previously. The back door to the back yard isn’t latching the way it was before. Normally, I would be concerned with this, but my dad adjusted it when we started having issues, so thinking that’s a good thing…”

Tommy replied back and confirmed that he would have been concerned had she not seen any changes, but confirmed that the changes she was seeing were good news!  He planned to follow up with an on-site visit in November to confirm that things were progressing and to confirm the settings on the drip system were correct considering the seasonal change to winter.

In March, Jennifer followed up again via e-mail with the following:

Hi Tommy,

I just wanted to say thank you again. Without your recommendation of a foundation watering system, we would have been out thousands.

I am so happy I called you! Thank you!!!

Jennifer PetersonPrevious Client

A recent customer from Roanoke, Texas wrote the following review:

“After calling and having 5 different “Foundation Companies” come out and giving me 5 completely different plans and pricing I was referred to Tommy and Thomas Engineering. Tommy came out and inspected our home and put us at ease. Tommy did a thorough plan and is going end up saving us thousands!!
If you are having foundation issues, save yourself some time and money out of the gate and call Thomas Engineering first! Tommy or a representative will come out and do a repair plan for you and then you can bid out the work based off their plan. I wish I would have done this from the start, would have saved me a lot of time, frustration and not to mention peace of mind and money in the long run. Don’t just assume foundation companies know what they are talking about, they aren’t Structural Engineers.
Highly, Highly, Highly recommend Tommy and the whole crew at Thomas Engineering Consultants.”

Kevin C.

A recent customer from Irving wrote the following review on Yelp:

“Tommy inspected the foundation of the home during our option period in Grapevine. He came out on time as promised, conducted his inspection, and took the time to answer ALL of my questions and did not leave until I was finished with all my questions. He advised me on what I should do and what to look for, took me step by step through the house, he showed and explained to me how he was conducting his assessment, had me look at different angles of the house and parts of the floor, he did a superb job of explaining everything. Great experience with this company from start (making the appointment) to finish, very friendly, and I trust he had our best interest in mind when he came out. I received a write up of his findings a couple of days later. Highly reccomend Thomas engineering.”

Andrew A.

Andrew had the following comments on TEC:

“Tommy inspected the foundation of the home during our option period in Grapevine. He came out on time as promised, conducted his inspection, and took the time to answer ALL of my questions and did not leave until I was finished with all my questions. He advised me on what I should do and what to look for, took me step by step through the house, he showed and explained to me how he was conducting his assessment, had me look at different angles of the house and parts of the floor, he did a superb job of explaining everything. Great experience with this company from start (making the appointment) to finish, very friendly, and I trust he had our best interest in mind when he came out. I received a write up of his findings a couple of days later. Highly reccomend Thomas engineering.”

Andrew S.

Satisfied homeowner, Darren left this message:

“Tommy was very professional and did a great job for us last year. I cannot stress enough, how important it is to have your own independent engineering study done that is not related to, or done by the foundation company. There are many different ways a foundation company can cut corners justified by their own study. Tommy will do a comprehensive study and explain to you what needs to be done to have your foundation repaired, if in fact, you have foundation issues.
If you need a foundation repair, this unbiased evaluation will give you the basis for competitive bids. I hope you don’t need a repair, but if you suspect you do, have Thomas Engineering out first.”

Darren H.

Gail was blown away by our team:

“Wow! Tommy came out to my home after a foundation repair company came out. They said that they would have to install multiple piers to support the foundation costing about $12k! Tommy came out and determined that while a repair was necessary, it didn’t need the extensive repair that was recommended. He outlined a plan, and I received two more bids based on it. The final cost was $5k. I saved $7k by calling Tommy first! What a savior!”

Gail W.

Monte was pleasantly surprised:

“Thomas Engineering came out to my sister’s new home based on the recommendation of a foundation repair company. It was obvious that areas of the home were not level, and I was very concerned that there were foundation problems that would cost thousands to repair. My sister has been living in California for the last 20+ years, and didn’t appreciate the unique situation we have in Texas with foundation problems.

We received a surprising report: The foundation was sound, and functioning as expected, but poured with a slant by the original builder! While my sister might have to take special care in leveling the stove to bake a flat cake, it appears she doesn’t have to worry about cracked walls or pipes! I really appreciate the expertise and honesty exhibited by Tommy LaLonde and his team, and highly recommend him to anyone!”

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