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Foundations First

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About the contractor

Foundations First operates out of Berkeley, CA and holds a General Building Contractor license according to the California contractors license board.

We were able to verify 133 building permits associated with Foundations First. Check out their permit history below to see where they have worked and what type of work they have done in the past. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of every project they have completed; just the projects we have been able to verify with the local permit authority.

Foundations First has a BuildZoom score of 110 and is rated in the top 5% of 336,931 contractors in California.

Their license (843605) was verified as active when we last checked. If you are considering hiring Foundations First, we recommend double-checking their license status with the license board and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes.

Services

Contact Info

2414 Mcgee Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 Edit
(510) 435-5224 Edit

Key Statistics

Quality

Foundations First has a BuildZoom score of 110, which places them above 95% of 336,931 contractors in California; license (843605) verified as active.
Pro tip: We generally recommend hiring a contractor with a score higher than 95.
110
(95 percentile)
2015
10 projects
2014
26 projects
2013
19 projects
2012
30 projects
2011
14 projects
2010
11 projects

Activity

Based on permit records, we have been able to verify that Foundations First has worked on 110 projects over the past 6 years, and a total of 133 projects over the past 10 years. They have received repeat business from 1 client, which is a strong indicator of reliability.

Pricing

Here is a pricing breakdown based on the permit records we were able to obtain for Foundations First. The median size of their projects is approximately $6,500.
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< $5k
31 projects
$5k-$10k
34 projects
$10k-$20k
19 projects
$20k-$50k
11 projects

Building Permits Filed by Foundations First

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March 23, 2015 - 1309 Spruce, Berkeley, CA

Move and repair retaining wall.

Value: $3,000 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Building permit | Job value: 3000 | Parcel number: 060- -2462-019-00 | Permit #: 1400003284

March 17, 2015 - 7099 Pinehaven Rd, Oakland, CA

Per engineer's analysis & plans - replace driveway bridge waterproofing & slab. add intermediate posts, footing & cross braces under existing beam. sub-decking, joists, & railing to remain

Value: $9,800 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Residential building - alteration | Job value: 9800 | License number on permit: 843605 | License name: FOUNDATIONS FIRST | Parcel number: 048G743503700 | Fees: 824.51 | Permit #: RB1501154

March 11, 2015 - 3068 Tully Pl, Oakland, CA

Partial foundation replacement per engineered plans

Value: $9,845 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Residential building - repair | Job value: 9845 | License number on permit: 843605 | License name: FOUNDATIONS FIRST | Parcel number: 040A342400300 | Fees: 824.52 | Permit #: RB1501058

March 2, 2015 - 2027 Woolsey, Berkeley, CA

Seismic for transfer tax rebate - plan set a

Value: $9,000 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Building permit | Job value: 9000 | Parcel number: 052- -1554-006-00 | Permit #: 1500000742

March 2, 2015 - 3837 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA

Bolting foundation; adding plywood bracing to cripple wall.

Value: $1,700 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Residential building - alteration | Job value: 1700 | License number on permit: 843605 | License name: FOUNDATIONS FIRST | Parcel number: 029 098801700 | Fees: 219.79 | Permit #: RB1500890

February 20, 2015 - 1228 Delaware, Berkeley, CA

Seismic strengthening: adding shear walls, bolting and clips (units a-c).

Value: $2,900 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Building permit | Job value: 2900 | Parcel number: 057- -2082-005-01 | Permit #: 1500000615

February 20, 2015 - 1228 Delaware, Berkeley, CA

Voluntary seismic strengthening: adding shear walls, bolting, and clips (for units d-g).

Value: $2,900 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Building permit | Job value: 2900 | Parcel number: 057- -2082-005-01 | Permit #: 1500000616

February 20, 2015 - 1228 Delaware, Berkeley, CA

Seismic strengthening: adding shear walls, bolting and clips (for units h-k).

Value: $2,900 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Building permit | Job value: 2900 | Parcel number: 057- -2082-005-01 | Permit #: 1500000617

February 5, 2015 - 1222 Delaware, Berkeley, CA

Seismic upgrade work per plan set a. work qualfies for seismic transfer tax reduction.

Value: $2,900 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Building permit | Job value: 2900 | Parcel number: 057- -2082-005-01 | Permit #: 1500000372

January 22, 2015 - 4140 Montgomery St, Oakland, CA

Replace 47 feet of foundation at right side of house.

Value: $9,000 | Business on permit: Foundations First | Type: Residential building - repair | Job value: 9000 | License number on permit: 843605 | License name: FOUNDATIONS FIRST | Parcel number: 012 099503100 | Fees: 769.55 | Permit #: RB1500329

Reviews of Foundations First

November 8, 2012

Paul Thompson, the principal of Foundations First, was recommended by my General Contractor. Paul and his crew are not only the consummate professionals you want for this kind of work, they're also a really personable group of guys.

My project involved excavating 18" below grade and replacing 45' of foundation; installing a 30' french draina...

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Key License Information

  • License #: 843605
  • Status: Active
  • State: California
  • Type: General Building Contractor
  • Date Issued: 07/28/2004

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110
  • Bonded Agent: American Contractors Indemnity Company
  • Bond Value: $12,500
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  • Foundations First has completed multiple projects based on building permit records.

Employees of Foundations First

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Paul Edward Thompson
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BEFORE YOU HIRE
Here are some of the rules, regulations, and laws governing contractors in California

Does Foundations First carry a valid contracting license?

In California, any remodeling or construction project that exceeds $500 (labor and materials), requires a contractor to have an active license with the California Contractor State License Board (CSLB).

Foundations First currently holds license 843605 ((General Building Contractor)), which was Active when we last checked.

How important is contractor licensing in California?

The CSLB is one of the highest rated licensing boards in the US. Applicants are required to pass a written board exam and prove at least four years of prior, relevant work experience. In addition, the CSLB requires all license holders to maintain at least $2,500 in operating capital and provides you with a range of other consumer protections.

Your liability risk when hiring Foundations First

Contractors in California are required to carry workers' compensation insurance if they have employees and proof of liability insurance with the cumulative limit of $1 million for licensees with five or fewer persons, and an additional 100,000 for each additional member over five, not to exceed $5 million total.

Financial recourse when hiring Foundations First

All licensed contractors in California are required to maintain a bond, which provides you with financial recourse in case they perform defective work or violate license regulations. If you feel as though you have been taken advantage of, you should leave feedback on the BuildZoom's contractor profile and file a complaint with the CSLB.

Foundations First has a $12,500 bond with American Contractors Indemnity Company.

What else should I know before hiring Foundations First

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