When you build a new home or have the exterior landscaped, you probably want the whole view to be picture perfect. Part of this look will be the asphalt on the driveway and sidewalks. In order to help guarantee that the appearance is how you envision it, you will want to look at several important areas.
It is important that you know a potential employee’s reputation in your area. In order to check into this, you should see whether the business has a listing in the telephone directory. It is also important that they have a website that shows pictures of their previous jobs, a guarantee that the job will be done right, and also a statement that they are insured. Other essentials to consider is the customer service of the company, the hiring process that is used for employees, and the company being a member of the Better Business Bureau. The latter will help you to know the quality of a contractor and their company.
As you talk to various companies about estimates, it is important that all of the estimates are for the same type of materials and type of work. If they are, then this should help you to better compare them to know which one is giving you the best price. This may necessitate you learning a little bit about what types of asphalt are the best quality and what a fair price would be. As you are looking at the quote for the asphalt, make sure that the thickness of the asphalt that the bid is for is for after it is already compacted.
It is also important to confirm that a worker’s WCB number is current so that you are not responsible for accidents on your property. You will not want extra costs because you did not pay attention to this detail.
Make sure that once you do choose a contractor for your home that you have a written contract with everything described in detail, as well as the end date for the project. If you are able, it is also a good idea to put in the contract that until you are completely satisfied with the work, the contractor will not get paid the full amount.
If you want be fairly sure that the job is done as you would like it, then you may want to be on-site for the process so that any changes can be made when necessary. This does not mean that you think you should be in there working with them or hanging over their every move, but you should be accessible to watch the process and make sure that it is being done to your specifications.