May 13, 2020
Building a brick paver patio can enhance your outdoor space and add value to your home. When installed well, it is a low maintenance area you can enjoy for many years. Since the installation has to be done just right to avoid unsightly flaws and structural issues, hiring a professional is a smart decision. Finding the right contractor is important to getting the job done well.
Start with the Basic Qualifications
When hiring a contractor for your brick paver patio, you need to check out the basics first.
- Are they local to the area?
- Are they licensed, bonded, and insured?
- What kind of insurance do they carry?
- How much experience do they have in brick paver patio work?
- Do they have references from local, satisfied clients?
- Do their projects generally come in on time and on budget?
All this research can be done before you even decide to get an estimate from a contractor. If they don’t sound like they have the right qualifications, it’s not worth the risk. Looking for these basic qualifications will give you an idea of who to call for estimates.
Asking the Right Questions when Getting Your Estimate
Once you’ve contacted a few contractors for estimates, and you are confident that they meet all the basic qualifications, you can start to ask more detailed questions. You will be able to tell a lot about their professionalism by the initial contact.
- Does the contractor communicate in a professional way on the phone?
- If you leave a message, do they get back to you promptly?
- How long will it take to get your estimate?
- What will an estimate entail?
- Will they help with the design of your brick paver patio?
- Do they guarantee their work or offer a warranty?
- What does the schedule look like for the installation?
Planning Your Brick Paver Patio
Contractors may offer many types of jobs, and it’s important to know what questions to ask for your brick paver patio installation. It’s important to know the process of how they’ll do the foundation, what materials they’ll use, what the plan is for water damage, and how they’ll use edging to keep the pavers in place. A contractor who is direct with their answers and is willing to be specific to your project is a good sign. While having these conversations, make sure to ask who will be doing the actual installation, and if you will be able to communicate with those individuals during the installation.
Finding the right contractor can be a process. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to get estimates from at least three and weigh all the information. Sometimes the lowest bid isn’t the best one, and the questions you ask will let you know who is the best fit for your project. Contact Twin Oaks today for more information about our professional paver installers.
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