Hiring the right contractor for your concrete driveway resurfacing project is a daunting task. Especially for someone who has little knowledge of what needs to be done. It’s important to acquire the basic information that will allow you to prepare for communicating with contractors. To give you a hand, here is a guide to hiring the right driveway resurfacing contractor.
Come prepared and armed with knowledge.
A little research goes a long way. If you have little to no idea about driveway resurfacing, it helps to know the basic terminologies and what goes into the process. You don’t need to painstakingly go above and beyond with this. Just inform yourself enough to know what you want from your contractor.
Ask the right questions.
Asking technical questions is a great way to subtly assess a contractor’s knowledge and skill. They should be willing to answer your questions in an informative way. Prepare a short list that includes questions about the application process, curing times, potential problems and how long the project will take.
Look for reviews and recommendations.
Reviews and recommendations are able to tell you how reliable a contractor is and how they execute their work. Contractor websites usually have a section for client testimonials. Make sure that these sound authentic. If the testimonials are recorded on video, that’s a plus.
Narrow down your options.
If there are many local contractors in your area, it helps to narrow down your options. Choose a number of contractors to initially contact and see how they compare. Hearing from different contractors will give you prior knowledge when it comes to negotiating with them during the final call.
Have a firm grasp of what you want but be open to recommendations.
Don’t be afraid to turn contractors down when they try to upsell decorative finishes that you don’t really see the need for. However, if they are making recommendations that you can tell are beneficial to your concrete driveway in more way than one, be open to considering. They are the experts after all.
Take advantage of free quotes.
Most contractors offer a no-obligation quote where they’ll come over and asses your driveway needs. This gives you a chance to meet them in person and have a proper discussion. Getting quotes from a few more contractors also give you a glimpse of how they work. Don’t miss that chance.