If you’re in need of a concrete contractor, it’s important to know the right steps to take in order to find one that’s a good fit for your project. 

There are many things to consider when hiring a contractor, such as their experience, references, and price. 

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of finding and hiring a concrete contractor so that you can be sure you’re making the best decision for your needs.

Do your research

The first step in finding a good concrete contractor is to do your research. 

Start by asking for recommendations from friends, family, or neighbors who have had similar work done. Google is another great way to build your list of potential contractors.

Once you’ve compiled your list, take the time to research each one. Look at their websites and see if they have any examples of previous work. 

Read through any online reviews you can find, and see if there are any complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau. 

Contact your prospects and make note of their response times

After you’ve narrowed down your list of potential contractors, reach out to each one and see how long it takes for them to get back to you. This first call oftentimes only involves you leaving your contact information as well as a basic overview of what you’re looking for.

The time it takes for them to get back to you with more information will give you a good idea of what kind of communication you can expect from them throughout the project. 

Compare prices

Once you’ve received responses from your potential contractors, it’s time to start comparing prices and services. 

Be sure to get a detailed estimate and sample from each contractor so that you can compare apples to apples. 

Not sure what a decent price is for concrete? Here’s a brief, approximate breakdown:

Concrete driveways

The exact cost of a concrete driveway varies, but you can expect to spend around $6 per square foot. This price includes labor and delivery fees.

If you want a stamped concrete driveway, you will likely pay 10% more than your original quote.

Concrete walkways and patios

Similar to a concrete driveway, the exact cost of a concrete walkway or patio will vary depending on size. However, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,500-$4,000 on this type of project.

In addition to price, also consider the scope of work that each contractor is willing to do and on what timeline. Some may be willing to do more or less than others, so be sure you’re clear on what you want before making your final decision. 

Get references

Finally, before you make your decision, be sure to get references from each of the contractors you’re considering. 

Talk to their previous clients and ask about their experience working with the contractor. Find out if they would recommend them and if they were happy with the final product. 

The best way to check references, however, is by checking with your state licensing body and the Better Business Bureau.

Reviewing the contract 

Once you’ve chosen your contractor, it’s time to review the contract. 

Every detail that you discussed with your contractor should be included.

Be sure that you understand all of the terms and conditions before signing anything. If you don’t, we encourage you to ask your contractor or have a lawyer review the paperwork.

By following these steps, you can be sure that you’re on the right track when it comes to starting the process of hiring a concrete contractor. At Port Aggregates, our professional concrete contractors are highly trained and experienced in creating beautiful pours every time. We work with our customers personally, and are ready to meet your custom needs. Contact us today to request a quote for your residential or commercial project!

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