The 5 Things You Need To Know When Hiring A Hardscape Contractor.
Updated: Aug 15, 2022
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Choosing a hardscape contractor can be a big task if you are not sure what to look for. Your priority should be to consider the contractor’s experience and the quality of their work. The contractor you choose should be able to guide you through all of the aspects of your project and offer advice on pavers, driveway installation, paving, pool coping, outdoor patios/kitchens and so on. It is important to note that low prices are not always the solution to your project. Let’s look at the 5 things you need to know when choosing a hardscape contractor.
Reviews Are The Best Way To Vet A Contractor
Reviews and recommendations are the best way to start looking for a contractor. Asking friends and family if they or someone they know used a contractor for a similar project can can help give you a personal recommendation. Finding out is the contractor was able to offer suggestions, design assistance and offer advice that would best suit your project. If you are unable to find a contractor through a personal connection, looking at reviews on Google, Angie's List and Houzz can provide you with an idea of the type of customer service they provide. Their website should offer pictures and details of projects they have done as well as providing possible references.
Look for Verified Accreditations
Verifying accreditations serves two purposes, it credentials a contractor while also making you aware of any complaints regarding their work from previous clients. Proper accreditations also clarify what the contractors do, the type of services they offer, and if they are legally allowed to provide all those services.
Is there Proper Insurance Coverage
Choose a contractor that has full liability coverage, including worker’s compensation. The latter covers any accidents and property damage that occur during your project, removing the family’s financial responsibility.
Beware of Red Flags
You might need to reconsider your contractor if you notice them struggling with installing paver stones, or choosing the right color. If your contractor insists on one or more of the red flags below, consider them a warning that you might have a disreputable contractor:
They want or use inferior materials.
They insist on using a low/lesser quantity materials.
They offer limited warranty coverage.
They bill you for irrelevant work.
When Possible, Choose Local Paving Contractors
It is always best to use a local contractor unless they have worked extensively in your area over a long period of time. Bad contractors tend to move from place to place, before their poor workmanship and questionable business practices catch up with them. They often change the name of their company to avoid the bad reviews and dissatisfied customers looking for them.
It's always best to research several companies and ask if they provide the services you are looking for and if they have done similar projects to yours. Look for contractors who offer superior quality, fair prices, experienced installers and a solid warranty. Your property is worth the time to make this effort and hire wisely.
Redline Stone Solutions offers professional and and customized services for all of your hardscape needs. You can contact our experts at 678-642-7762 or visit us on the web at www.redlinestonesolutions.com