How To Choose The Right Driveway Contractor For You
As you will appreciate, the driveway to your house is an important contributor to the overall property’s curb appeal. It is for this reason that property owners pay close attention to the design and the materials used to construct the driveway as well as features incorporated into the driveways.
Modern driveways can be constructed using bricks, asphalt, concrete, granite, and even travertine. On the features front, modern driveways can have heating elements to help control snow and ice during winter and many other features.
In simple terms, the driveway is not just a path and parking space for your car. It is part of the overall property functionality and curb appeal, and it can make a huge difference when it comes to the overall aesthetics as well as the ease of selling the property.
But is it not just a matter of the materials used to construct the driveway or the features you incorporate into driveways. The workmanship that goes into making the driveway matters a great deal. It does not make sense to spend extra money to add features to the driveway if the workmanship is of poor quality. This is akin to flashing your money down the drain. You will not be able to accrue the benefits of these features. You will not be able to recoup the investment that goes into the project when and if you choose to sell the property.
Your number one goal should be to find the best driveway contractor to ensure that your driveway and features you choose to have installed not only work perfectly but also looks great at the end of the day. With this in mind, we will explore the steps that should go into choosing the right driveway contractor. Given that every individual property owner has their goals and vision of their driveway, this method of choosing a driveway contractor is inherently flexible to ensure you can choose the best contractor for your needs.
Step #1. Research The Benefits And Demerits Of The Various Types Of Driveways
There are different driveways based on the features and the materials used to construct driveways that you can choose. To this end, you should educate yourself on the various driveways available. Make a point of acquitting yourself with the various benefits and demerits of the different types of driveways.
Step #2. Research On Pricing
Just as it is important to understand the benefits and demerits of different types of driveways, make sure you research the cost implications of constructing a particular driveway in your area, county, or state. You want to have an idea of the average price of constructing a driveway. With this knowledge, you will be able to figure out whether a particular quote is overpriced, fairly priced or underpriced.
Step #3. Seek Recommendations
Having a list of prospective driveway contractors are important. Just like any other construction project, you should not settle for the first contractor you come across. Choosing the first contractor you come across could potentially make you miss the best deal currently on the market.
To create a list of the best contractor, you should seek recommendations from your friends, workmates, and friends. You should focus on getting recommendations from individuals who have recently have their driveways constructed, repaired, or maintained. Since they have first-hand experience dealing with the constructors in their project, they already have a feel and some experience of working with the contractor.
Even with the recommendations from family, friends, workmates, you should explore further options from the internet. Exploring the top-ranked driveway contractors on Google, Bing, or the other top search engines will expand your list of prospective contractors.
Step #4. Narrow Down The Prospective Driveway Contractors
Having come up with a list of prospective contractors, at this stage, it is time to shortlist them further. Even though a friend or family member has recommended a particular contractor to you, it does not necessarily mean they meet your particular needs or suit your project.
While shortlisting the contractors, you want to ensure that they are licensed and insured. These standard requirements that every serious driveway contractor should have. Nonetheless, do not just assume. Find out whether indeed the various prospective contractors are licensed and insured.
The next step is to determine the quality of services every prospective contractor produces. To this end, you should read the reviews that their previous customers have written on their website. Moreover, you should review the contractors on independent review websites such as Better Business Bureau and Yelp. You can go a step further to ask for references. A serious and good driveway contractor should be able to provide 5 to 10 references. The goal of reviewing is choosing businesses that provide customer- and client-centric services.
The next step is determining whether the prospective contractors have the experience and expertise to implement your vision. You can go through every contractor’s gallery on their website and services pages. You can go a step further and contact them.
Step #5. Schedule The Shortlisted Contractors
Having shortlisted the prospective contractors, you should carry a short interview. Schedule the meetings with prospective contractors. During the meeting tell the contractors your vision and seek advice on the same. Furthermore, talk about the timelines, the specifications of the driveway (considering whether it will need to handle heavy traffic and heavy vehicles or not), and the features you have in mind. However, be cautious of accepting upsells that you had not planned for as they will increase the cost of the project considerably.
Get a written quote to take with you for comparison. You need the quote to make good decisions in as far as choosing the best contractor for your particular needs and situation.
Step #6. Get A Written Contract
When you finally decide on a driveway contractor to go with, you should request a written contract detailing every aspect that you had negotiated on. However, do not sign the contract on a whim. Do read everything to ensure it contains everything you have agreed upon. Furthermore, read the fine print to have a thorough understanding of the terms and conditions that apply or may apply, especially regarding guarantees and warranties on workmanship and input.