How Do I Find the Best Contractor?
We’ve all heard the horror stories about ” cut and run” contractors. Your neighbor, friend or family member has paid the price for incompetence. Here are some guidelines to help you avoid the same pitfall.
Hiring a concrete contractor is a process. It doesn’t matter whether you want stamped concrete or stained concrete. A decorative driveway, patio or acid stained floor all have the same guidelines for success.
If you follow these general guidelines you will reduce stress and avoid arguing over your project.
Listen To Your Gut
The best contractor will know that repairs to a job paid for should not be funded by the
client. If a project shows mistakes once the job is complete, then the contractor should fix them due to his or her error. If they seem shady, then listen to your gut. People get a feeling that certain people should not be trusted; this is essential when doing business on any level. If you feel uneasy when you speak with a contractor, it is a good indication that you should move onto your next choice.
Ensure They Are Licensed
Stained concrete floors can be fixed by a contractor. It is important to make sure that the contractor has a license; it shows the credibility of the contractor. If the contractor does not have a license, then the person may get cheated on jobs. The contractors may hire fewer workers to cut down on expenses for themselves. They will leave out necessary workers like driveway pavers, concrete pavers, and even brick layers. Workers that specialize in that type of skill should always be used for jobs that entail any amount of that skill, even if is just to outline with paver stones.
Ensure the Contractor Has Insurance
Many people who have hired contractors in the past have not been aware of the issues not having insurance can cause. Injuries can happen at anytime while workers are on the job, even when working with decorative concrete or stamped concrete. If a worker on the crew suffers any type of injury due to job performance and the contractor does not carry insurance, the resident is then responsible. This is due to the injury happening on the property. It is not rude to ask for this up front before any job is started.
To ensure that you hire the right contractor; analyze the job that you need done. Make a list of specific job aspects. List any questions that you may have as well. Once you look through contractors, look through the reviews and ratings that they have received from other clients. After you have made a decision on the contractor, then you will ask the questions that you have written down. If the answers seem genuine and you are satisfied, then this may be the contractor you need.
Once you have decided on that contractor, make an appointment for them to view the job site. This will ensure that you get a more accurate quote. This is also a great time to ask any additional questions that may pop into your mind. They will give details on how the job will be completed and how many workers will need to be hired for the project at hand. The contractor will explain guidelines on deadlines, procedures, and any other aspect of the job that will be performed for you.
Cheaper is Not Better
You may be inclined to hire the cheapest contractor that bids on the job you need done. Although this seems practical, it is not the best way to handle the project. Those who bid on jobs at a very low rate are normally those who offer poor work quality. You may find problems when they are done.
Experienced contractors will get the job done right and not spend extra time doing it. Extra hours clocked on the project will ultimately cost you more money. This is why it is important to meet with the contractor on the job site to discuss the time needed to perform the job. The quote that you receive is important to keep in your files. When the job is done and the time is over the quoted price and time frame by a dramatic number, this quote will serve as evidence that you should not have to pay the outrageous price.
Keep in mind that the quote is a guideline and that there will be a slight difference between the estimated amount of time and money. This should also be discussed with the contractor in charge of the project. If there are stained concrete floors, then it may take a bit of additional time in order to give the flooring a better appearance. A good contractor will notify you of any differences that may be brought up while the work is in progress. For example, stamped concrete patterns or decorative concrete floors may end up causing the quoted price or time to increase and will reflect in the actual invoice that is received when the job is complete.