Good post Bethany! As an example of ignorance, I will share a story. I just bought a house built in 1932, way out in the mountains, an old mining town, beautiful 2 story house. The previous owner has money, and rented the place out for about 8 years now. 3 years ago, there was a little water leaking through the basement wall, through a crack, in the spring. This area gets about 14 feet of snow/year, so between the homes is about 20 feet, with snow sliding off the metal roofs, making say a 12 foot wall between each. To stop the water leak, this guy paid someone to dig by hand about a 3 foot deep by 1 foot wide trench around, put in some drain rock, drain tile (perforated plastic pipe) and covered with more rock. The problem is, the landscaping needed to be redone, slope the ground from the house out, since it had settled enough to let the water run towards the house! He paid probably $600-$1000 for a guy to bust his butt hand digging,install pipe, truck in rock and I'm paying $250 for a backhoe to slope and level it properly, and actually solve the problem!!Not only was his cheapness not working, it would say in 2-3 years call for a new foundation....the cheap way out.... yea right.