Concrete: Not Sure Where to Start? Questions You Should Ask During Your First Meeting
If you are planning a new concrete project around the home and are hiring a professional company to do the work for you, you may be unsure as to where to start. You will want to meet with the company first, ask any questions you may have before you schedule the service. But what questions should you ask? If you are unfamiliar with concrete work, you may be unsure of what you need to know. Below are a few example questions of what you can ask your concrete provider during your first meeting.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
This is a great question to kick things off. It is important to find out how long a company has been in business. Reputation is important and finding out the longevity of the company as well as customer satisfaction can ensure that you are going to receive quality workmanship.
Is my Project Something You Do Often?
Think about the project you want for your home. Is it a new carport or patio? Talk to the concrete provider about the project and ask to see photos of examples. You want to be sure that the company has experience with what you need to be completed.
Will the Concrete Take Long to Cure?
This is important as well. A large project like a patio might need days to cure. You want to be sure the project will be finished in a timely manner and that weather permits the project to be completed. If you are planning something in the winter that won’t work, a good contractor will suggest you wait until warmer weather to start.
Is there a certain Process that Must Be Completed with my Project?
Learning more about what will be done within your home involving the project is also important. Will your backyard be off limits during a patio installation? Will you be able to get in and out of your driveway when adding more square footage? Ask questions about how the project will be completed to better understand what will be done to your home.
How Quickly will my Project be Completed?
Ask about a time frame. Some companies are busy and might not be able to get to your project as quickly as you would like. Weather also plays a factor. Get a good time frame as to when the project can be started and how long it will take to complete.
Are you available for repairs or issues after the project is completed?
Talk to the contractor about repair needs or issues afterward. Will you be able to contact them and receive immediate assistance if a problem arises?
Do You Guarantee Your Work?
A good contractor will guarantee their work. Ask about any guarantees that might apply to your project. You want to be sure that the concrete company you work with will be ready to provide you with a guaranteed job, and not skimp out if something happens during the workday.
Asking these questions and whatever else you might wish to know will help you to feel better about your next concrete project when hiring a professional.