Choosing a highly skilled, reliable and affordable concreting contractor for you home based concreting project can be quite daunting. You want the best job done for the best price you can get, but you may not be sure where to start with your search. And not all contractors are created equal. You want to find a dependable, honest, and time-conscious contractor, so your project is done well and on schedule. So how do you find the perfect contractor?
1. Look for Portfolios
It is always a good idea to look at work previously completed by the contractor. Looking at previous work will give you an idea of the scope of concreting projects the contractor has completed. You will be able to see photos that have been posted, and often-times, a portfolio will include customer reviews.
The photos will indicate whether or not the contractor has done similar projects, and the review will suggest customer satisfaction.
Looking at a portfolio may also give you more ideas and help you to make some final decisions regarding your project. Perhaps you will see a photo that inspires you, and the contractor will be able to do the same job, or something similar for your project.
2. Experience and Reputation
Looking at a portfolio will also give some insight into the experience and reputation of the contractor. Look for a portfolio that has several photos rather than a few and one that offers reviews from customers. See how many years the contractor has been in business to know how experienced he or she is.
You will also want to know if they have experience with the particular type of project you want to complete. Perhaps some contractors specialize in specific projects and may not be a fit for the project you have in mind. You will want to know which contractors have done the work you are looking for and how satisfied customers were with the completed job.
Aside from looking at portfolios posted by the contractor, take a look at social media pages and other places where reviews may have been left, you can also check contractor websites such as oneflare.com.au for customer reviews. Not every review will be 100% positive. Still, it is essential to remember that some people are hard to please, so one or two bad reviews does not mean the contractor is not good at the job. It is vital to assess how the contractor responded to the review. See if it is a professional response and if efforts were made to amend the situation.
Another way to assess a contractor’s reputation is to check with friends, family, or neighbors that may have also used a concreting contractor. It is always a good idea to get honest feedback given by you know and trust.
Whenever you have a big job that needs completing, you want to ensure you get the best price that you can. You will want to get an estimate from several contractors and compare prices while still taking experience and reputation into consideration.
An estimate for the concreting job should include all associated costs. You should know what you are paying for materials, including concrete, coloring, and sealer. You will also want to know what amount you will need to provide for a down payment.
Remember that cheaper does not mean better. Once you find a reasonable price, if it is a contractor you are not comfortable with based on the portfolio and reviews, ask your first choice if they can price match (or come close). Sometimes it does not hurt to pay a little more for a job that you will be happy with long-term.
Making the Final Decision
Taking into consideration the experience and reputation of a company and then looking at pricing will give you a good idea of concreting experts in your area.
Concreting is something that will last a long time, so it is essential to weigh your options and make an informed decision when choosing someone to do the work that you have in mind.