Questions to Ask a Contractor Before Hiring Them to Install Your Patio

A tiny flaw in a patio landscape design can make it susceptible to settling and drainage issues. More importantly, a poorly implemented design can completely ruin the look of your home. If you are planning to get a patio for your home, you must trust only the best to do the job. Here are a few questions that will help you select the right contractor for the job.

Questions to Ask a Contractor Before Hiring Them to Install Your Patio Pavers

Do you have a license?

Barring the exception of a few states, most states require contractors to obtain a license from the concerned authorities to perform work. Check the regulations for your state, and in case, possessing a license is mandatory, the first thing you must do is ask your contractor for a license.

Ask them if they are insured?

If you want to keep yourself safe from any trouble caused by a workplace mishap or accident, protect yourself by making sure your contractor has liability insurance and a worker’s compensation insurance.

Do you offer a warranty period?

All good contractors offer a warranty period and do not charge any money for repairs needed within that period.

Can you provide me with an estimate?

Before you give someone the final contract, ask them to provide you with an estimate in writing. In case the number they quote is higher than what you can afford, we recommend haggling a bit.

Will you provide me with a clear work schedule?

Whether or not you are working, you will need a fixed schedule to make sure the schedule provided allows you to make space for your other routines. Thus, ask your contractor to provide you with details on when they plan to start the job and what will be the daily working and break hours.

Will you be able to give me a detailed contract?

Please always look for a company willing to provide you with a detailed contract explaining and committing to the agreed scope of work.

Can you provide me with at least a few references?

Most experienced and professional contractors will be more than willing to cater to your referral request. If your chosen contractor shows hesitation while answering to your request for referrals, become wary. Further, if possible, visit some of the sites where you can see your contractor’s work and talk to the homeowners about their satisfaction level. If the homeowner shows any amount of dissatisfaction, immediately start looking for another contractor.

What have you planned for my patio?

Your contractor should be able to provide you with details on what design and materials they are planning to use and how will the patio base be prepared. They must also explain to you the compaction process and how are they planning to develop the foundation for the patio. These are all critical considerations, and as the homeowner, you must have full clarity about these.

Will you be willing to consider my opinions?

This is a critical question. You don’t want to work with someone who isn’t interested in your ideas. Choose a contractor who gives weight to your opinions and thoughts.

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