Concrete Contractor South Jersey
Hiring steps for contractors
Recently, I was compelled to hire a contractor in South Jersey to help me pour a stamped concrete patio. To make the process easier for beginners like me, I decided to write about my experience and what I did to facilitate the process. If you are in need for concrete contractors in South Jersey, or any other place, make sure to follow the steps listed in order to guarantee a great experience. Any project that requires a contractor should be taken seriously and treated as a professional/business transaction. If there is any fine print at the end, take the time to read it thoroughly. Let’s begin with the first step.
Figure out what you need done
First of all, you need to know what kind of job you need done. Does it involve concrete, electrical wiring, plumbing? Is the work to be done easy enough for a do-it-yourself project? How urgent is it? Depending on the job requirements, you will look for specific contractors that can meet them.
Research what it takes to get that particular job done
So you know what kind of work you need done; now you must know how it gets done. However, this does not mean that you should know to perfection or even a grand part of how to do the work (or else what would be the point of hiring an external person?). The point is to know enough to ask relevant questions to all candidates and calculate their experience based on their responses. Research the basics and write down any specifications you require for the upcoming project to discuss with each contractor.
Investigate and contact a minimum of 5 local contractors
As the subtitle suggests, you want to get at least five written estimates for your project that you can use to compare. Look at cost, experience, time calculations estimated to finish the job, and overall trustworthiness. Ask about those specifications listed in the previous step if you have any. It will also be a plus if you physically go to the contractor’s locale instead of just calling.
Read past customer reviews
From the selection of five, you should reduce it to three after reviewing estimates, job specifications requests & responses, and overall impressions. Get on a computer, tablet, or phone and read past customer reviews. I tend to read two recent ones, one from a year or two ago, and check for bad reviews. Most contractor sites have their own page with reviews that you can easily look into but make it a point to try looking in other places that the company has no control over. Based on your personal intake and reviews, you can now make a wiser decision on which candidate to pick for the job.
Make your selection. Simple enough, right? Make that choice and don’t look back.
Contact candidate and set up a meeting
You’ve made your decision. Call the lucky candidate up and discuss every single little thing you need to. Take this chance to clear all doubts so you can feel confident about your final choice. Ask about payments, an approximate timeline (how many workers, hours that will be worked daily, project due date, etc.), type of materials that will be used, if the work is guaranteed or not, etc. Formalize and sign the contract, always keeping a copy. Remember, read the fine print if applicable!
Observe work and respect set contract agreements
Keep track of the work going on and make sure to comply with your end of the bargain. Have the contractors’ phone number written down somewhere in case anything comes up.