Concrete is one of the most durable and affordable building substances available today. As a result, many people decide to pick up a concrete kit from their local hardware store and embark on a home improvement journey that often turns out to be more complicated than they expected. Naturally, that’s when a local concrete contractor is usually brought in.
There’s no shame in hiring a concrete contractor, but with so many out there, it can be difficult to assess whether your contractor is up to snuff. The best way to find a concrete contractor that’s worth their salt, is to ask them the following questions before signing any type of contract.
Do you have a visual portfolio of your previous work?
A good contractor let’s their previous work speak for itself. Ask to see a photo portfolio of previous projects that your contractor has worked on. If you don’t like the quality of their work, no harm no foul and move on. If they can’t produce a portfolio, this is a red flag and usually a sign that you should find a different contractor to work with.
What is your schedule like?
Many good contractors are booked for weeks, if not months, in advance. Be sure to ask about your potential contractor’s schedule to make sure your project can be completed in the time frame you need. There’s no sense in hiring a contractor that won’t be able to get to your project for a year.
Can you provide references?
Take the time to call up some references! The best way to find out what it’s like to work with someone is to speak with someone who has already done it. If a contractor can’t provide references, you need to find another contractor who can.
How long will my project take?
This is a crucial question to ask, and one that you should consider asking multiple contractors before making a decision. In theory, all of these estimates should be roughly the same. If one contractor’s estimate is significantly longer than the rest, then you can know that that contractor likely isn’t very trustworthy and you should avoid working with them.
Do you have a written contract?
The golden rule of working with contractors is to never ever hire one without a written contract. These contract’s protect both you and the contractor. If any contractor wants to work without a contract, you move forward at your own peril. Most contractor’s will have a standard contract that they use with all of their contracts. Be sure to read the contract carefully before signing your name.
It can be tempting to attempt a concrete project on your own, but the fact of the matter is when you want a job done right, it’s probably best to hire a professional. There are a lot of professional concrete contractors out there, some of them are good at their jobs, some are not. The best pay to tell the difference is to ask any contractor you are considering hiring the questions discussed in this blog post.
If you have any other questions, we suggest reaching out the Razorback Concrete staff at www.razorbackconcrete.com.