Six Questions You Should Always Ask Before Hiring a Structural Concrete Contractor
When you’re hiring a structural concrete contractor, you are putting a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. Typically, they create the foundation for the entire project, so the success or failure of your project rests in large part on them. Picking the right contractor, obviously,is of paramount importance—and the selection criteria should include factors other than price.
Hereare six questions to ask to help select a structural concrete contractor, and to ensure they’ll get the job done right.
1 . Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
Make this your first question, because if the answer is anything besides “Of course, would you like to see our paperwork?” then you don’t need to ask anything else. Never hire a contractor that lacks demonstrable financial protection and who has not met all of the local requirements and industry standards for conducting a legitimate business.
2. What experience do you have?
As with all forms of contracting, the more experience they have, the better, specifically experience that relates well to your project. Whenever possible, get references and/or portfolios from them. The nice thing about building contractors is that, very often, you can go observe their work for yourself by visiting projects they worked on.
3. Do you have the time for my project and can you work with my schedule?
Reputable structural concrete contractors are most likely going to be busy. Establish immediately if your schedule dovetails with their availability. If not, you could end up with costly delays.
4. What permits are needed for my project?
Only work with contractors who arefamiliar with the permitting process in your area, as well as what permits will be applicable to your specific job. Don’t be persuaded by contractors whoclaim they can get around permitting requirements. Dealing with permits post construction can be a nightmare, particularly if your project was not built to code.
5. Who will manage my project?
You should always know exactly who your project manager is because he or shewill be your direct point of contact. If possible, try to meet with him or her before signing any contracts to ensure that everyoneshares the same vision of your project.
6. What safety protocols do you have in place?
Construction can bedangerous business. There are numerous of ways to enhance safety, including following best practices. Make sure your contractor has a detailed and well-thought-out plan for safety.
If you need a concrete contractor, Donald Rushing Construction Company should be your choice. We have over thirty years’ experience and concrete construction is one of our specialties. Contact us for more information.