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I don't know anything about those companies but if they're like the big outfit that advertises on the radio in northern IL you'd be well off to not hire them.
The system the big outfit uses around here does NOTHING to stop water from entering the house. They cut the floor around the perimeter, dig next to the footing, install a sump pit, tile, gravel, then place a worthless vinyl barrier against the wall, then re-pour the part of the floor they tore out. The vinyl sticks up above the floor and is supposed to stop water flow running into the basement. The problem is they often don't seal the joints and I've seen cases where they stop short of an interior partition....which is where the water runs out.
They do nothing to discourage water from running inside the foundation.
Do as others have suggested. Add fill if needed so water drains away from the house. Keep your gutters clean so they don't overflow. Put looooong kickers on your downspouts.
Doing those things won't cure a leak but they often prevent leaks. At a fraction of the cost of the basement leak repair scammers.
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