Hiring a concrete contractor for your commercial project is no simple task. It is important that you hire an industry professional who is completely competent and knowledgeable about the industry, and will ensure that your project is completed properly, safely, and on time.
Whether you’re planning on replacing, repairing, or starting from scratch with your concrete project, be sure to jot down any questions you may want to ask the potential contractor ahead of time. It’s also wise to pick the criteria you feel he or she must meet in advance, in order to help you sift through their sales pitches. You will pay the price for not doing your research when it comes to hiring your commercial concrete contractor; therefore it is vital that you conduct a thorough and educated search.
Below are five key traits that you should look for when choosing a commercial concrete contractor.
1. Do they know the necessary permits needed for your project?
This is a great way to see just how experienced the contractor in question is, and also an excellent way to teach yourself by using tips from professionals. If the contractor is unfamiliar with the permitting process or relies on you to take on the responsibility, this is a major red flag and can indicate insufficient service as well as a lack of experience.
2. Do they have written contracts?
Be sure to ask the contractor if a written contract is a part of their standard procedure, as well as what usually goes into the contracts. This is important to protect the both of you, and will give you a sense of how professional he or she is.
3. Are they insured and licensed?
A safe contractor is a licensed one. The fact that they are carrying a license shows commitment and professionalism. An insured contractor will give you peace of mind knowing that any accident occurring during the project will be covered. When looking into this, be sure to check whether or not the insurance includes car insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and the works.
4. Do they have an impressive portfolio?
Commercial concrete contractors typically have extensive portfolios to give you an idea of their quality of work and the range of projects they typically take on. To get the full effect of the kind of work they do and its quality, try visiting these properties in person and checking them out for yourself.
5. Do they have a good reputation?
Just because someone you trust recommended a certain contractor, this does not mean that everyone has the same experience with them. It is always important to research the reputation of a prospective commercial concrete contractor. Google, Yelp, Facebook, and HomeAdvisor will give you a good idea of what to expect out of the prospective concrete contractor.