how to choose a concrete contractor for the home

Deciding to do a new concrete for your home or business can be an exciting process the most important decision you will have to make is choosing the right person to complete the job. In this article, we will go over some tips to keep in mind when looking for the right concrete contractor to make your project dreams a reality.

Research Your Concrete Project

Before you go to Google to start looking for contractors, take some time to do some research on the process to complete your project. If you are looking at doing decorative concrete such as stamped, stained or flagstone, it’s would be helpful to read some articles or watch some videos on the install process. This will help you ask the right questions deciding between concrete contractors and determining the differences in pricing. 

Make Contact And Get Estimates

Once you have a baseline understating of your project, it’s then time to find the right contractor for you. If you’re old school, check out the phone book for options. The usual recommendation is to use Google, which is definitely a good option to see contractors and their locations. Another helpful way to get recommendation is using Facebook. Make a post to your friends or utilize any local group pages to get some contacts to reach out to.

Check Out Their Reviews

Getting information from others is a great way to determine if the contractor is right for you. Look for responses on their Google My Business and check out what people are saying. You should also research the company and see if they have a social media presence. You will be able to see comments and any kind of reviews about their company on there.  Some other helpful resources would be  using the Better Business Bureau or you can check the local chamber of commerce.

See If You Can Get Samples

A good test for a concrete contractor is to see if they have any samples available of their previous work. Getting direct pictures or being able to drive by previous jobs completed will give you a good idea about their construction skills. You can also take a look at how the materials they used are holding up.  If your project is unique or maybe the contractor hasn’t completed it before, you can ask to see if they can build you a sample for no charge. 

Secure Your Quote        Always, always, always get your quote in writing. No matter if your project is big or small, it’s important to have in writing the scope of work that’s being performed. It’s important to do this so that way you have a clear path of the work being performed. If there are any discrepancies during the project, then at least you can always refer back to the original quote.  Some other things to make sure you have included in the quote is a project schedule or an estimated timeframe for the project to be completed. It should also outline any payment requirements and any kind of warranty information.

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