When considering a major asphalt upgrade or maintenance project for your residential or retail property, it may seem daunting to find a contractor who is right for the job. Although there are many contractors who are willing to give quotes, how do you pick the one that is right for your property and budget?
There are 5 questions to keep in mind while seeking that perfect contractor. Having them at the ready as you acquire quotes will streamline the decision making process and ensure that you find the right match.
1. Will they meet you to do a site visit?
When contemplating a big project, be sure to request that the contractor meet you at the property to make an on-site assessment. You can learn a lot about the company’s professionalism, knowledgeability, and general ability through an in-person meeting. A site visit also allows for an accurate assessment of any special needs your property may have—the fewer surprises once your project is under way, the better.
2. Will they provide a detailed description of the work scope?
In order to know exactly what you’re paying for, you will need to know specifics such as: square footage, number of repair locations, thickness of asphalt, seal coat layers, whether striping is included or not, number of days the project is scheduled for, days of the week they’ll be working, among other details. Also, make sure to request a site map for pavement locations and dimensions of each repair.
The proposal should reflect the discussions you had during and after your on-site meeting. If something isn’t clear, do not be bashful about getting clarity. This will help you and the contractor make sure your expectations are met completely.
3. Do they offer a maintenance plan?
A good asphalt contractor will be there for you, not just during the initial installation, but for years to come. Routine maintenance is essential to ensuring your surface has a long life and keeps its beautiful appearance. Discussing future maintenance needs now will allow you to keep things budget-friendly going forward and eliminate surprises.
4. Do they have good referrals and lots of experience?
A reputable contractor will be able to give you examples of their previous work. Drive by properties in the area that the company has done, or pick up the phone and make a few calls. Check to be sure the company’s insurance, bonding, and licensing is up to date as well. A word about experience: the relationship with your asphalt and concrete contractor will be measured in decades, so pay attention to how established they are in the community. You want them to be around for the long haul.
5. What’s in the contract?
A written contract is vital to finalizing the right choice for your needs. It should include the general terms, materials, and any warranty. Be sure to read it carefully and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Now that you have the 5 big questions ready to go, begin by making a call to Black Diamond Paving! With experienced, relationship-driven employees, decades of experience, and a 97% satisfaction rating from Diamond Certified, we check off all the boxes.