Everyone has heard horror stories of contractors being dishonest and doing downright shady things…
Hiring the right company for your concrete construction project makes all the difference. A contractor might promise you the moon, but unless he’s Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin, you need to be aware of ways to protect yourself while getting the best product for your hard-earned money.
Be it foundations, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks; make sure the contractor you hire has the experience necessary to deliver your project on time and within budget. Complex concrete projects require a level of skill and organization that’s not always easy to find. If you have been struggling to find a professional, trustworthy, and fairly priced concrete contractor close to you, here are some tips to help you along:
Past Experience is Important!
Choose a company with considerable experience in the industry. You want a contractor that has a track record of successfully providing the specific service you need. References and reviews from past customers speak volumes! You can check the Better Business Bureau for the companies’ rating and to confirm they are in good standing. Also, visit reputable online sources, like Google, for reviews from past clients. Finally, if you’re concerned about the financial stability of the contractor, you can check their D&B (Dun & Bradstreet) number.
1-Year Warranty Minimum!
Construction is risky. Products and materials can fail before they should for a number of reasons. If that happens, you want to know that the company you chose honors a warranty period. For many, knowing that a company isn’t going to vanish after they collect your check is worth spending a little more money.
Make Sure the Company is Insured.
Professional concrete contractors should be able to provide insurance documentation on request. This serves as evidence that the company, and that their workers, their equipment, you and your
property (while the contractor is working on it) are protected by insurance.
Standard Insurance Requirements:
General Liability – $1,000,000 / Occurrence
Umbrella (Excess) Liability – $5,000,000 / Occurrence
Workers’ Compensation – $1,000,000 / Accident
Automobile Liability – $1,000,000 / Combined Single Limit
Shop for Qualified Pricing & Hold Back Retainage!
Once you’ve found an insured company with ample experience and good reviews, the next thing is to ensure that their rates are fair. You can get estimates from more than one source and see how they measure up. Keep in mind, you need to keep the scope of work the exact same for each contractor for easier comparison. Lastly, if you’re using a contractor for the first time, we advise motivating your contractor to meet your expectations by withholding a portion of the payment (typically 10%) until you’re satisfied they have delivered what they promised!
If you need concrete construction services for commercial properties in Houston, then you won’t find a more perfect fit than American Parking Control. We have been in business for over 30 years, are rated A+ by BBB, and a 5-star review on Google. For any inquiries, please call 281-328-8296.