Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Paving Pro
Whether you're installing a new driveway, repairing a sidewalk or resurfacing a parking lot, you're going to need the help of a qualified paving pro to get the job done right.
Unfortunately, finding the right contractor can sometimes be a stressful process as they are definitely not all created equal.
Keep the following tips in mind to help you hire the best professional for your upcoming project:
1. Don't hire the cheapest paving company you can find.
It is all too common for home and business owners alike to make the rookie mistake of hiring the contractor with the lowest quote.
When comparing estimates from paving contractors, price should only be one of several important factors that you take into consideration.
For example, are all of the contractors properly licensed and insured? Do they have a track record of satisfied customers? What type of warranties do they offer?
At Save On Paving, our trusted contractors provide outstanding paving services at competitive rates that match their level of skill, experience, and workmanship. But our referral service is not a good fit for those who are just looking for the lowest price they can find, regardless of quality.
You get what you pay for in life and we take pride in connecting our users with paving professionals who deliver excellent results at fair prices. In other words, our contractors are generally not the cheapest or the most expensive price in town.
2. Double-check to make sure that your pro is licensed, bonded, and insured.
Don't be afraid to ask your paving contractor for some written proof of licensing, bonding, and insurance.
Not doing so is a gamble at best and could end up costing you dearly should something go awry on the work site.
Below is a brief explanation of each of these terms and why they're so important:
- Licensing proves that your contractor has received the appropriate training to perform the work that is in accordance with industry standards. Based on the laws in your particular state, an unlicensed contractor might not even be allowed to work in your area.
- Bonding is considered to be a form of insurance but there is an important distinction to keep in mind. A bond is basically a type of guarantee that protects the homeowner in the event that a contractor fails to perform the work as agreed upon.
- Liability insurance is needed to protect you in the event that your contractor causes damage to your property. Worker's compensation insurance will relieve you of any responsibility should one of your contractor's employees get injured while working on your project.
Save On Paving conducts thorough research to verify that all of the paving companies we refer to our users are professionally certified.
Whenever possible, we also take it a step further by researching their historical business conduct through consumer protection services such as the Better Business Bureau and/or the Office of Consumer Affairs.
However, we always recommend that you confirm these licensing requirements yourself before proceeding with your project. Please read our FAQs section for more information.
3. Get a written contract.
We all know that talk is cheap. And verbal contracts are nearly impossible to prove.
You should always get a written estimate that outlines a complete description of the work being done, type and quality of materials being used, and your project's start and completion dates.
By getting everything in writing, there will be no confusion or misunderstandings when it comes to what the job expectations are.
At Save On Paving, we go to great lengths to ensure that the paving companies in our network have a well-established reputation for fair and transparent business practices.
However, it is ultimately up to our users to carefully review all bids and project estimates before agreeing to move forward with your contractor.
As a rule, all prices should be clearly stated in writing and if something is unclear, be sure to ask questions before signing your paperwork.
There's no such thing as a silly question and both you and your contractor should be on the exact same page before giving your paving project the green light.
4. Pay attention to scheduling.
Paving contractors that are worth their salt typically book up quickly, which means that you'll need to carefully consider scheduling when deciding who you want to hire.
It is not uncommon for installations to be delayed or postponed due to weather and/or other factors, but a quality paving contractor should still be able to provide you with a fairly accurate estimate as to when they can start on your project.
That is why it's always better to be proactive and call well ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute before booking your paving job.
This will ensure that your contractor will have enough time to schedule your project in, as well as perform the quality of work that you're looking for.
5. Make sure they provide an on-site inspection.
An experienced paving contractor understands that providing exact price estimates "sight unseen" is not a reliable business practice.
While price estimates can be given, there are still a number of variables involved that require a physical visit to the site before your paving project can be accurately priced.
For example, a contractor will need to determine:
- The soil conditions of the property.
- The natural topography of the area to be paved.
- The projected dimensions and thickness of the pavement.
- Drainage considerations.
- The grading of the paved surface.
- Load bearing capacity of the pavement.
- The type of materials needed for the base and layers.
Look for a contractor that is willing to spend the time visiting your property in order to determine the scope and requirements for your specific project.
Once they do this, they will be able to arrive at a much more precise cost estimate.
As you can see, there are quite a few factors to consider when deciding which paving contractor should earn your business. By following the tips outlined above, you can be confident that you will hire a paving contractor who will give you the results you're looking for.
Call us today or fill out our free estimate form and we'll connect you with a locally trusted pro who will do the job right.
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