A paving project is a critical long-term investment for any property owner, whether a sidewalk, driveway, or parking lot. It goes without saying that the project must be done right, which is why you must hire a reliable and reputable contractor with the necessary knowledge, skills, experience, and resources for the job. The market is filled with numerous contractors, most of whom claim to have what it takes to deliver quality paving project completion, which may not be true. It is, therefore, an excellent idea to ask potential contractors a series of questions before bringing them on board for your project.
How they respond to these questions will give you an idea of whether they are the right contractor for the project.
The 5 Key Questions to Ask
How Long Have You Been In The Paving Business?
Experience matters, especially for major investments such as paving. It is a strong indicator of delivery and service quality. For example a contractor with the appropriate level of experience completing pavement installation, renovation, and repair projects is well prepared to overcome challenges and deliver the results you’re after. Also, a contractor with a long industry history will stick around for a while when you need them for additional services like maintenance and repairs.
Any References Or Examples Of Past Projects?
Experience means nothing if a contractor has no record of past projects and satisfied clients. Besides, a paving company can be in business for five years but only complete three projects the entire time. Past and project projects offer insight into contractors’ workmanship, capability, and reliability. So, a proud and honest contractor will readily have references and customer reviews.
Are You Licensed And Insured?
Construction projects are accident-prone, and paving is no exception. So, verifying whether a potential contractor has proper certifications and insurance coverage can protect you against potential liabilities. Cases of accidents or property damages are less likely to happen; still, it is better to be prepared for a mishap. It would be best if you never worked with a contractor who doesn’t produce evidence of registration, licensure, and insurance policy.
What Services Do You Offer?
Many people make the mistake of assuming paving companies are the same regarding the range of services offered. Most offer a wide range of paving services, but some specialize in particular fields, say, repairs. Therefore, inquiring about the specific services, including additional services they deliver, is crucial in determining their suitability for the project.
How Much Will The Project Cost?
The cost of completing a project is an important factor when hiring a paving contractor. Be sure to ask the contractor for an estimate on the project. It’s natural for the cost to be a concern, especially if you’re operating on a budget. A good contractor will have a structured formula for estimating the cost of completing work, depending on the size, materials, and design complexity. Asking beforehand gives you room to gather your finances or bargain for a fair price.
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Paving projects are critical and, most of the time, irreversible lifetime investments. Imagine installing a parking lot and then realizing the entire area doesn’t meet the stipulated standards of a quality parking lot. The questions above will set you in the right direction in determining whether a paving pro is ideal before embarking on a project. They will increase the chances of landing a contractor with high-quality paving services and solutions.
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