I need some advice. My husband & I bought this great split-level house on Oct of last year, & we noticed the minor things that you don't really see until you move in, but everything seemed ok; no major problems whatsoever. Then, last week, after the minor rainstorm (for Tacoma, anyway) I noticed that the floor in my husbands lower room was very wet; especialy near the tv area. He checked a little further and noticed that the outside wall was sopping & slightly mushy. At this point, we started wringing out hands. We notified the insurance company (which has yet to get back to us) & we were wondering how to go about picking a contractor for this sort of thing....do you look for someone who specialized in basements? Foundations? How can we know that we are not paying for more work than we need, & what a fair price for this would be? If we call in one guy, does he call all his friends in the business to let them know what we are looking for & what he said "the going rate" was? This is our first home & we are not do-it-youselfers, so we are sort of clueless. Help Please.