Choosing a concrete contractor in South Jersey
You’ve finally decided to upgrade and build that patio that you’ve dreamed about, or the fire pit that will bring your family and friends together. No matter what project that you’ve been dreaming about, choosing the right concrete contractor can mean the difference between contentment or anguish so choose wisely!
There are many concrete contractors to choose from who vary in skill level and experience and it takes technical skill to finish concrete, so it’s wise to choose someone who has a solid portfolio of photos of successfully completed jobs. For most of us cost is also a factor, so you will want to call concrete contractors and have them give you an estimate for the completed job. Did you know that add-ons are usually cheaper? That’s because the contractor already has the workers and materials on-site, so be sure to ask the contractor about any add-ons that may make your life easier, beautify, or improve functionality of your property. This can be something as small as concrete pads beneath an outdoor water spigot, or a walkway from your backyard to your driveway.
There are many outdoor living space projects to choose from: driveway, patio, fire pit, fireplace, patio, walkways, commercial areas, and more. As is true for most things, planning is the most important step in achieving your goal. You can begin by doing an online search or looking through home improvement magazines for completed concrete projects that appeal to you. Clip photos out of magazines and print photos online and keep them in a file to show to contractors who come to your home for an estimate. This is the best way to ensure that you communicate clearly what you want your end result to look like. The contractor may even have a photo in his portfolio that appeals to you even more. So prior to meeting with a contractor, you should have some solid ideas of what you want your project to look like. This will ensure that you are satisfied with the result.
You’ll want to choose a contractor who has a professional up-to-date website and search for any online reviews by prior customers. You may want to do a search of their name with the words “scam” or “rip-off” to see if any bad reviews come up. Fortunately for today’s consumer, we have the option of rating a contractor who either did a stellar job, or those who ripped us off! These reviews serve a valuable function in society in that they weed out and expose wrongdoers, and reward honest, skilled contractors.
When you call each contractor, you should take notes. Make a note of how professionally they answered the phone, if they answered all your questions to satisfaction, if they provided references, if they have a contract, when they would start and complete the job, and any other questions that you may have.
So now you’re ready to contact the concrete contractors in your area for an estimate. By taking a few sensible precautions, you can save yourself a lot of grief.