Choosing the right contractor for your next concrete project is an essential part of making sure you’ll achieve the long-lasting results you desire. In our first article in this series, we considered the importance of making sure the contractor you work with has evidence of proper educational and legal qualifications, such as licensing, insurance, and bonding. We also looked at references as a way to get a feel for the contractor’s reputation and overall quality of workmanship. In this article, we’ll look at four more important points to think about when it comes to hiring a concrete contractor.
Make Sure To Ask about a Timeline
Some of the best contractors have very busy schedules and for obvious reasons. Great work attracts business. If you want your project completed quickly but the contractor you want is already busy with other projects, you may have to adjust your schedule. In the long run, it’s worth it to wait a while for quality work.
Talk to the contractor well in advance about setting a realistic timetable for the completion of your project. Get that timetable in writing before you agree to hire the contractor. You don’t want there to be any unpleasant surprises regarding how long the project should take to finish.
Make Sure to Inquire about Work Guarantees
You want the concrete you have installed on your property to last well into the future. That’s why it’s wise to find out if a prospective contractor offers guarantees on their work. Those who don’t offer any sort of guarantee should be crossed off of your consideration list. After all, you want to make sure they’re willing to fix any problems that may arise within a reasonable amount of time after the project is completed. Reliable companies usually offer guarantees and warranties on their work. A concrete contractor offering at least a one or two year warranty is a good indicator that they’re willing to stand by their work. Be sure to look into the specifics of what the warranty covers to make sure it includes a wide range of possible repairs.
Make Sure They Plan to Pull a Permit
Local municipalities have ordinances in place for different types of construction and improvement projects. It’s critical to make sure your project will be up to code. That’s why you need your contractor to get a permit. If their name is on the permit, then they’ll be accountable for following those local ordinances when they complete your project.
Make Sure You Approve of the Project Manager
Find out who will be in charge of your project. Is it the contractor or someone they’ve hired? Learn about that person’s level of experience and willingness to keep lines of communication open. Ask about whether or not that person has any vacations scheduled during the time your project will take place. If they do, find out who will be in charge in their absence. It’s important that you feel comfortable working with whoever is going to be overseeing your project.
Working with an experienced professional can make a positive difference when it comes to your next concrete project. Hopefully, this list of qualifications will give you the tools you need to find the contractor that’s right for you.
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Founded in 1955, Combs Concrete Construction (combsconcrete.com) services the commercial, industrial and residential construction industries in both North Carolina and South Carolina by providing quality work and guaranteed services.