When you are looking to get paving work done at your home, then you will want to ask the contractor that you are looking at a few questions. You want to know if you can trust them, and while online reviews and word of mouth are part of picking out a contractor, finding out about them from the source is another way to get to know them and will help you decide if you want to purchase their services. When you need a paving project done, you should always ask the following questions.
How long have you been in the industry and how long has your company been operating?
You should ask any contractor that you hire, no matter what you’re hiring them to do, how long they have been doing it and how long they have been in business. Knowing how long someone has been performing paving work lets you know how much of an expert they are at the task at hand, and asking how long they have been in business will let you know how successful they are at the business side of things. While there is nothing wrong with going with a paving company that has not been in the game very long, you have to understand that their business is still fresh and will be up against more obstacles than someone with significant experience.
Are you accredited with the Better Business Bureau?
Not every company is accredited with the Better Business Bureau, and if they are not, it does not mean you shouldn’t hire them. Being accredited just means that you have an additional level of accountability and that you can see a history of complaints through the bureau if there are any. This can help you raise red flags as well as tell you about the contractor if they try to avoid the question outright.
Ask if they have done any work in the area
If they have done work in your area, then you can have the chance to swing by and see some of their work in person. It will do a lot to ease your mind if you can see their quality work in person instead of relying on pictures posted to their website.
Are there any hidden or additional fees?
There should not be any hidden or additional fees associated with your project, and if there are then the contractor should be upfront with you about possible other costs before you sign a contract. In fact, these fees should be included in your contract.
Are there any unique challenges regarding my project?
There are sometimes unique problems that can arise when doing any work. If you are shopping around contractors and one paving contractor can tell you, with certainty, that something will be a challenge and also explain how to overcome said challenge, yet others do not, then that is an excellent indication that the contractor who identified the challenge knows what they are doing! Go with them!
The team at West York Paving are professional paving contractors who are more than happy to answer any questions you possibly have. We want you to understand every aspect of your project so that you are empowered as a consumer. Contact us today with any questions you have; we will be happy to answer them and to get the job done for you!