What should I ask a concrete Contractor?
While we could ask a contractor a hundred questions, we have compile some of the most important you should say your contractor before moving forward. Here are our top ten questions you should be asking.
How much experience do you have?
While this seems ridiculous, often clients get caught up on the price of the project and not the experience of the person completing it. Do not fall into this trap. Ask for referrals and a portfolio of previous projects. While flat work is an easy job make sure that if your are getting anything custom, make sure that you are hiring the right contractor.
What is your schedule?
I know we all want our project done asap. Qualified contractors are usually booked a few weeks out. So make sure you know and understand when your project will be started. Communication is the key when dealing with contractors and clients. Good communication will make your entire project go smoothly. Remember, sometimes good quality concrete work is worth the wait. if you need an estimate on a concrete job give New Orleans Concrete Pros a call today.
How Long will my concrete project take?
While most smaller projects like driveways and flatwork will take 2-3 days, it is important to understand the scope of work that is getting done. More extensive projects that require excavating or large machinery may take longer. Make sure you have a clear understanding from your contractor on an estimated time of work and have a clear finish date.
Do you need to obtain permits for my project ?
This may seem like an unnecessary question but it is an important one. Specific projects require permits files with the city. While this may cost more money, obtaining the proper permitting protects you from wasting money on a project that may not be approved by the city. It would be a shame to have an installed driveway having to be removed due to failure to file a cheap building permit. Make sire to check with your contractor and your local governing authority to see what you need for your project.
Will you be using Rebar?
While rebar is steel mesh to not necessary in every project it is highly recommended to add strength to your project. Metal will help concrete from cracking. Flat work that will be supporting weight such as foundations need steel mesh to keep the concrete strong. Make sure to understand what type for reinforcements will be used. Sidewalks and flatwork poured with rebar or mesh will eventually crack and fail.
Who will be working on this project?
It is important to know who will be running your project. The same person who you met with may not be in charge on the day of the job. It is important as a home-owner to know who is charge of the project during construction. The Pros at New Orleans Concrete Pros only use qualified people tp run and manage your project.
Are you insured?
Make sure that your contractors have the correct insurance in place to not only cover them but yourself and property as well. It is easy to get an insurance declaration for your own piece of mind.
Will There be a written contract?
Any job over 1000$ should have a contract. A contract protects the contractor and homeowner. It is important that contract are read and signed by both parties.
New Orleans Concrete Contractors
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