How to Hire a Good Concrete Contractor
The first step in any successful project is hiring the proper individual for the job. When searching the market, you will come across a plethora of pro concreters, making it difficult to find the right one. Many people make the mistake of choosing a professional who provides the lowest prices. Often, these contractors with below-market prices are either a scam or too good to be true.
In this article, we’ll explain how to hire a good concrete contractor for your home renovation projects.
1. Make a List of Legit Contractors
When hiring a concrete contractor (or any home improvement contractor for that matter), the internet is a blessing and a curse. While it makes it easier to find anything with a single click of a button, it also makes it more difficult in certain aspects.
For example, when looking for a concrete contractor, you’ll be faced with a myriad of genuine and fraudulent options. Sometimes, it can be tricky to ascertain who is real and who is a scammer.
To ensure the contractors are legitimate, read the reviews on independent sites like Yelp and check their social media accounts. Be sure to only add contractors with a good average rating to your list.
2. Cross-Reference the List
After you’ve collected a list of professional concreters, it’s a good idea to cross-reference the list with people you know. Inquire with your neighbors, family, co-workers, or construction supply store owners about whether they’ve worked with any of the concreters on your list.
If they have, ask for their feedback on the professionals’ services to assist you in deciding which concrete company to use. This can help you narrow down your choices by eliminating a few more names from your list.
Plus, you’ll be able to assess first-hand the quality of the professional concreters’ work more easily if they have worked for someone you know previously.
3. Start Calling Through the List
With only a few qualified concreting companies on your list, it’s time to contact them and talk about your project’s specifications. This call will help you eliminate unsuitable contractors. For example, because they don’t perform the exact work you need or cannot deliver within your preferred timeline.
When calling a concrete contractor, be sure to check:
- If they offer to send a project estimate based on what you told them
- If they insist on conducting an inspection before providing any quotation
- How professional/knowledgeable they sound while speaking to you
- Whether they are listening to what you need or interrupting you
If a contractor doesn’t deliver your services or you get a bad vibe over the phone, cut them off the list.
4. Meet With a Limited Number of Specialists
With the remaining concrete contractors left, set up a meeting or consultation for them to visit the property. This will help them give you a more accurate quote for the job, and help you size up how comfortable you feel hiring their services for your property.
During the visit, a good contractor will likely:
- Take notes
- Ask you questions about the project
- Ask about your budget
- Answer your questions patiently
- Explain the process
- Fix the date by which the project will be completed
You’ll be able to delete even more people from the list as a result of these discussions until you’re left with the ideal contractor for you.
5. Hire Your Preferred Concrete Contractor
At the end of the search, you will have a few names left on your checklist. You should be able to choose the finest specialist for your concreting task from these remaining names.
Finding a good professional for this task can help you renovate real estate. From there, you can sell your property or hold it long-term.
All you have to do is check over the estimates the concreters provide, compare each one, and figure out what services are covered and whether the money you’ll pay is worthwhile.
Summary: How to Hire a Good Concrete Contractor
Hiring a good contractor is essential when doing any home renovations on a property. But it’s especially important if you’re planning on selling a property in the near future.
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