When you want a concrete driveway for your home, it’s important to know what questions to ask your concrete contractor. Asking these questions not only helps you be better informed about your choice but also helps you judge the contractor’s overall knowledge level.
Asking these questions and getting your answers will help ensure that your driveway installation goes much more smoothly.
Are You Insured and Licensed?
Asking about insurance and licensing is one of the most important steps you will take in hiring a contractor for your driveway. Failing to ask about either of these could have negative consequences for your home.
Insurance helps remove your liability for any accidents that occur on your property during the job. Without insurance, you could be liable for a contractor’s injuries.
Licensed contractors have undergone the necessary training required to perform concrete work. Without a contractor has the necessary licensing, you could be left without any recourse if something goes wrong with the job and you are unhappy with the results.
What is Your Concrete Driveway Experience and Can I See Your Portfolio?
Asking about your contractor’s concrete driveway experience and concrete work, in general, is essential. Although it’s important to know how well they know the driveway installation process, proven experience in working with concrete overall provides the assurance you need that they’re up to the task.
The questions that you ask should also include whether the contractor has a portfolio you can see. Seeing the portfolio will help give you a better idea of whether the contractor is in synch with your design ideas or not.
Can You Provide Me With an Estimate?
A concrete contractor should have no problem giving you an estimate before starting work. Having a driveway installed or replaced is a significant investment in your home, and it’s very reasonable for a homeowner to want to know what they will pay.
When you get an estimate, you should also find out whether the estimate is binding or not. Many concrete contractors will happily provide an estimate with no obligation, which can give you greater peace of mind if you need to work on your financing options.
Before Hiring A Concrete Driveway Contractor: How Soon Can You Start Work?
Although every concrete job will have some preliminaries, like permits, that you need to take care of before work can start, contractors should have a good idea of how soon they can start. If your driveway need is fairly urgent, it is helpful to know if the professional you’ve chosen can start very quickly.
Most driveway contractors will also be willing to work with you on adjusting the start date according to when you have access to the funds that you need for the job. Also worth noting is that a responsible contractor should let you know when any delays occur.
Hiring the right professional is vitally important because of the role that your driveway plays on your property. Johnson Concrete offers concrete driveway contractor services, so you will want to contact us today to see how we can help you.