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How to Choose a Paving Contractor

If you’re looking for a quality paving contractor for your home or business project, it might be hard to know where to start. After all, there are countless paving companies to choose from, and each one no doubt claims to provide the best paving services around. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that you find the right paving contractor for your project.

    1. 1. Always choose a local company. Not only will it be easier to actually see the projects they’ve worked on in your local area, but a local company will understand factors like soil types and climate variables – both of which can play a role in determining what kind of pavement to choose and how to maintain it. If your project is large scale, make sure to select only companies that have experience in projects of that size.
    1. 2. Check out online reviews. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to find reviews from other customers right online. If those reviews are negative, you may want to think twice before hiring that company. And don’t forget to look the company up on your local Better Business Bureau website. The BBB may not provide positive reviews for all companies, but people who are dissatisfied with the products or services of a company sometimes report that to the BBB, and those reviews will be reflected on their website.
    1. 3. Collect bids from at least three different contractors, if possible. Most reputable companies will offer bids free of charge. They should always come to your site in person in order to provide an accurate bid, and the bid should be broken down by categories including excavation, labor and materials.
    1. 4. Before choosing your contractor, make sure they are insured and bonded, and that they also have a contractor’s license. The insurance should include Workers Compensation since their employees will be working on your property.
    1. 5. Review the contract carefully. Make sure the paving company provides a written contract that includes their bid for the project, and that all other details are spelled out in that document. Read the entire contract before you sign.

Remember to not put too much stock in advertising. Any company can purchase an ad, but that doesn’t mean that their quality of work is any better than another company. Instead, trust the reviews of other customers and the Better Business Bureau. With the large number of paving companies doing business out there, finding the right one may see daunting. But just by using some common sense and taking some precautions, you’ll be able to find a reputable, dependable paving contractor for your project.