Finding a good concrete contractor has never been easy; as a matter of fact getting the right contractor requires sacrifice, time and diligence. Your efforts will always go a long way to ensuring that you get your money’s worth. Here are some guidelines on how to choose the right concrete contractor.
If you are looking for a professional concrete contractor, here are the things you should pay attention to:
- Do an initial research on the internet to come up with a list of prospective contractors
Take your time so that you can educate yourself about this business and ask the right questions. Here are some of the questions that you need to ask:
a). How long has the concrete contractor been in business?
Normally, a contractor that has been in business for more than 5 years should be a reliable contractor. Being in business for such a period of time indicates reliability and stability. The worst character trait that you would ever find in a contractor is unreliability; someone who goes back on his words, fails to finish the job or does a shoddy job. Experienced contractors are always in a better position to offer helpful insights that are related to your project.
b). What specific insurance coverages do they have?
Its vital to choose concrete contractors who have adequate insurance coverages that can safeguard you, as well as your property, from potential liabilities resulting from accidents on your work site. Professional concrete contractors must have at least general liability coverages as well as automobile insurance and workman’s compensation insurance. Make sure that you have called the insurance company so that you can verify the expiry dates of these policies.
c). When was the last seminar or class the contractor attended?
lt’s always important to choose contractors who have had the most recent training i.e. at least in the last 2 years. This indicates that they are aware of the latest techniques, products as well as the methods used in the concreting industry.
- Ask for references
Ask for at least 3 client references from the past year. Previous clients will be in a
better position to give you an insight into the type of contractor that you are dealing with.
- Review the quotes
Whenever you are doing a comparison on the quotes, never make a choice based on price alone. Always take note of the very low bidders, because usually they have hidden charges. Others take shortcuts while doing their work and use substandard materials.
Never be afraid to ask a contractor about any item that is on the quotation that you are not sure about; in fact you’ve got every right to know what you are paying for.
Also take a look at the project time-frame. You want to a contractor who will finish the job in the shortest time possible without necessarily sacrificing on quality. As long as the time-frame is reasonable, you may want to choose a contractor who is capable of completing the job faster even if he charges more.
- Visit their work sites
Do impromptu visits on several of their previous work sites. They can never hide the quality of their work because you can always see what they do. Have a look at their sites to gain a rough idea of the quality and professionalism of their service.
- Check the contract
Put down everything in writing so that you can avoid any conflicts in future. A professional concrete contractor will always provide a written contract that has details on the job that you want done. Sign the contract when you feel that you are absolutely comfortable with everything that is in that contract.
- Follow your instinct
If you have any doubts, move on to the next candidate! Their are plenty of local concrete contractors in your local area.