I've got a house built on pier and beam sometime between 1940-50 in North TX, where the soils 'move'. It does dip going down the hall to the back bedroom. Have had several inspections and several bids. Some inspectors don't even comment, some make it sound as if the house will cave tomorrow, if not sooner. Bids have ranged from 2,500 to 10,000. Most bid some form of lift and shim at a minimum to a whole new set of piers bored down to a minimum depth, however deep it may be, to soil containing < 2% moisture. Regardless of the original bid, every contractor, when I said no to the original bid, offered to do a "quick fix for 1,000 to 1,500 that might actually be all I need - after all, the house is 50+ years old." When asked what it was, it was a jack and shim the low spots and maybe cut into the beams so they lower onto the piers where high. Not to slam the integrity of contractors, but how I am I suppossed to make an informed decision here?