Choosing a Good Concrete Contractor
Hiring an reliable, transparent and qualified concrete contractor is no easy feat. IN many cases, homeowners tend to go with the first concrete company they come across without even knowing much about them. They may forget asking the right questions until they realize, halfway through the job, that they are dissatisfied with the way things are turning out. Usually, this also comes with added costs and completion delays. So how do you avoid such a scenario?
When checking out concrete contractors in your area, review their portfolio. The best contractors make sure to have an album or albums of their most recent work so their clients can get a better picture of what they do. This portfolio will help you visualize what you actually want for your home as well, offering new ideas and inspiration along the way.
In general, a contractor with at least 5 years of experience in the industry will have shown their reliability and consistency in doing quality work. Veteran contractors can also easily offer insight and suggestions for obtaining the best possible outcomes. For instance, they will be glad to present how a certain concrete option may be more suitable to your patio compared to another option.
You can learn about a contractor’s reputation simply by going online. Start by reading customer reviews, but make sure to stick to well-known consumer websites like Yelp and Angie’s List. Refrain from taking any marketing websites seriously – these places are obviously and naturally biased for the contractors they market and against the competitors. You can also ask around about the contractor you’re eyeing. Perhaps friends, family members or colleagues know a thing or two about them. This step can save you from a lot of headache later on, so don’t skip it.
If an accident happened on the job, you need to make sure that you will not be held liable for it. Thus, don’t choose a concrete contractor who is not insured. Also ask what specifically their policies cover and you will be protected. Professional contractors are expected to have general liability coverage as well as worker’s competition coverage. But you can’t just take their word for it. Make sure to call their insurer to check if the coverage is valid.
When talking to your contractor, be sure to ask for a cost estimate and have it submitted to you in written form. This estimate should be complete, including details of everything included in the project, from the base material to the thickness to reinforcement to the sealer to the coloring and so on and so forth. Of course, it should also indicate the required down payment. Very importantly, see to it that every material to be used is included in the list, alongside its individual cost.
Comparing Different Contractors
Finally, be sure to compare different contractors before choosing one. This comparison should not just focus on the price though, but also customer service, workmanship, and of course, overall reputation.Don’t think that the cheapest nor the most expensive offer is automatically the best. You have to find a balance among all the crucial considerations before making a final decision.