How to Select the Best Paving Contractor for Your Project

Renovation projects like adding a driveway or resurfacing an existing lot can add considerable value to your property, but only if they’re completed by an experienced contractor. Follow these tips to make sure you make the right choice.

1. Go local

It’s often best to choose a contractor that has experience working in your area. Local contractors are familiar with things like soil composition and weather conditions specific to the area. In addition, local contractors are more likely to be able to give your project the attention it deserves.

2. Get informed
Aside from checking reviews for contractors you’re considering, ask around and get familiar with their reputation. It’s also a good idea to ask them about their experience with the type of project you’re considering. Furthermore, you should find out what brand of materials they’ll use for your project and ensure they’ve been trained to install these materials by the manufacturers. You can usually find this information online, but if not, ask them directly.

3. Get a consultation and review bids
Good contractors offer free consultations, so get them to visit the project site and make sure to get a bid from them. When getting a bid, ask contractors to break down the costs of excavation, materials and labour. Check with them that everything is included in the quote to avoid unpleasant surprises. A clearly broken-down bid will make it easier to evaluate your options.

4. Don’t hire uninsured contractors
If a contractor doesn’t have liability insurance, you may be stuck footing the bill for damage caused to your home, especially since most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover damage caused by in-house employees. Additionally, if a contractor doesn’t have worker’s compensation coverage, you could be sued for an injury that occurs on your property. In both cases, this can result in considerable expenses and an increase to your insurance fees.

5. Don’t hire unlicensed contractors
Licensing authorities ensure that construction workers meet local industry standards and building codes. If you hire unlicensed workers, not only will you have to pay for any repairs to bring new construction up to code, you may also void your home insurance policy.

6. Sign a contract
When you’ve chosen a contractor, have them sign a contract specifying the project deadline and their bid.

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