Paver Contractors Are Not All Created Equally!
We all would like our
landscape project to not only come out great, but also flow smoothly.
Scheduling should go along as expected, pricing should be fair, and
there should be a foreman at the project to see that work is done as
Any paver contractors you hire to lay your concrete,
bluestone, pavers, brick, or travertine pavers should have the
experience and expertise to do an excellent job.
However, how do
you go about making sure this all happens? There are certain things you
can do along with the right questions to ask the paver contractors you
The first place to start is by
getting recommendations. Ask people you know if they have used any
landscape companies recently that they were happy with. You can also ask
them if they know of anyone who had a paving project done or if they
saw one they liked in the area.
- How long they have been in business?
just starting out may not have the experience needed. However, you
might run across someone who is starting a new business but has worked
for other companies for many years.
- Ask for at least three references.
Call or email the clients to see if they were happy with the
workmanship and if they were satisfied with them. If people are happy
with the paver contractors they used, they will usually be glad to talk
about their experiences.
- Ask about guarantees.
How long are they for and what parts of the work do they include. One year guarantee should be the minimum.
- Ask to see one or more projects actually installed by the paving contractors.
These should be projects that are similar to your project. For example, if you are contemplating a paver patio, this is the type of project you should look at.
The following is very important!
Ask who in the company actually
did the work. Sometimes it is the owner who installs the paving stone.
However, you do not want a situation where you see a project done by a
worker who is no longer with the company. What good is that?
- Get quotes from at least two different paving contractors.
Make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Take a look at the
breakdown and see if there is anything one paving contractor included
that the other did not. If so, ask for the proposal to be adjusted.
- You don't want numerous "extras" to surface.
are some things to look for that might be left out of the contract. Lawn
repair is one item. If it is in the proposal, is seed or sod specified?
Another item is fill. If grading is to part of the job and fill is
needed, has it been included? Drainage
is another item which is often left open. At least get an amount that
would be the maximum charge. What if the paving contractors use their
machinery and hit rock? How do they charge for large rock removal?
- Is the owner or a foreman on site everyday?
If not, how often does he come by? You want someone to be available
who can answer any questions you might have. In addition, you should be
kept abreast of scheduling and any problems that might arise.
- Ask for a start date.
You might ask for a range with the worst case scenario. Hopefully, the
company will be honest and the dates you get will be realistic.
- Ask how long they think the project will take.
- ojects at the same time? Now,
this is a little tacky, but I have seen it done. Have the contractor
give you a finish date with the stipulation that if it goes beyond that
date, you will get a discount off the agreed upon price. This can be put into the contract.This is particularly effective for swimming pool projects.
- And lastly, is their pricing accurate?
cannot tell you how many times I have saved my clients money by
catching errors in the estimate. You have to review the proposal
meticulously to find errors, but it can definitely save you a lot of
money. See Paving Costs
all of the above steps when considering which paver contractors you
might hire. It will make a difference in both the outcome of the project
and having it run smoothly.
Discover current pricing on various types of hardscape...this way you will be more informed!
Landscaping Costs - Ebook by Susan
Find out what actual parts of a landscape cost. Plants, different
paving materials, steps, pools, ponds, lighting, and more are all listed
along with many photos to show examples!
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