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CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

Installing Pavers on your property is an important project which requires much planning and skill. Many homeowners and do-it-yourselfers are attempting to lay pavers themselves. This is great and you may save some money but will it result in the best job and will your pavement last a lifetime? The main thing is that you want to make sure that the job is done right the first time so that you don’t end up spending more money having it re-laid by a professional.

To ensure the highest quality paver installation you need to hire the right contractor for the job. An experienced landscape contractor will be able to assist you from the planning stage right through to the end product. But you need to pick the right person for the job and the only way to do that is to do a little research and be equipped with all the right questions.

Here is a Guide to Picking the Right Contractor

1. Get a Few Quotes

Always be sure to get a few quotes, this way you can compare prices from different contractor. It is also important to really look at what the quote includes, for instance do they include the materials, if so which ones, what about things like delivery costs, and do they intend to clean the site before leaving? This is why it is a good idea to get a complete summary of works carried out on each quote!

2. Research the Contractor

Before making your decision, do a little research on the contractor. This can be done by asking for trade certificates, any other qualifications obtained and references of past jobs. You can ask for photo’s or even better would be for the addresses so that you can drive past and check out the quality of the job. This is much more accurate than a photo!

It is also a good idea to do a little research on Installing Pavers, that way you have a good idea of what is involved in the job. This way you know the steps involved and you can make sure that each is carried out and no short cuts arte made. Or simply have the information so that you can throw questions at the contractor and this will also let them know that you are not clueless about the whole project.

3. Some Important Questions to Ask
  • How long have they been in the business?
  • Are they fully insured?
  • Will their work be guaranteed? If so, for how long?
  • Are the other contractors insured also?
  • How long will the installation take?
  • Ask for an itemized quote stating what is included in the quote and what is not. You don’t want any nasty surprises throughout the process. You want to make sure you know exactly how much the job will cost you!
4. When you have picked the Contractor...

Once you have picked the contractor that you wish to complete your paving project, and before any work is carried out, it is recommended that you obtain a complete written project plan. The contractor should provide you with a schedule of work to be carried out with specifics like depth of excavation and base material…etc. This way you can keep track of the whole project and the progress being made each day. If all goes well you will end up with a stunning, durable paved area that is sure to add value to your property!

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