So, you have completed the construction of your house and now it is the turn of your backyard. With numerous options on the list to make your backyard stand out from your neighbors, installing a paver patio ranks among the topmost. Installing patio pavers is not just about extending your living space to the outdoors, it is also about picking up a design that complements your overall landscape.
But, choosing a contractor who is a pro in implementing a patio landscape design can be a tricky task as even a small mistake during its installation can lead to foundation issues and become a recipe for disaster. However, with a bit of research on your part and asking the right questions from the contractors, you can find a suitable option.
Here is a list of 4 questions that a homeowner must ask a patio installation contractor before handing over the project-
Q1: How long have you been in the same line of business?
The first and foremost thing to look out while hiring is the industry experience and work expertise the contractor is carrying. A well-established contractor who is offering services from a long time is likely to have better skills than its counterparts with regards to the patio installation. A contractor operating in the market from years becomes a vast pool of knowledge for landscape construction and is in a better position to suggest you the right kind of paving options.
Q2: Can I have a list of references that I can contact?
A contractor who caters to unique needs and customizations of its customers builds up a better reputation than the rest. A well-established contractor usually has a huge client base and a list of projects undertaken in the past. So, before you take your final decision, make sure you request for at least 3-4 references from the contractor and contact each one of them to ask if they were satisfied with the work, attitude, professionalism portrayed by the prospective contractor or not. Having a look at the contractor’s previous work portfolio always serves as a guiding factor to match your requirements.
Q3: What will be the cost and time duration of the project?
A smart homeowner always has a budget limit to spend on building, renovating, repairing or redesigning the house. Hence, it becomes quite essential that the contractor you choose is offering you the services within that budget range. You can compare so only when you have the detailed estimates in your hand. So, before moving further, give a call to the contractor and ask for the cost estimation of the project, right from the starting to the end. There are many reputable contractors who provide free estimates to their customers along the time duration required for its completion.
Q4: Are you licensed and insured?
Last, but not least, check that your contractor is duly licensed and insured. Holding accreditations and licenses is indicative of contractor’s knowledge and professionalism. It allows the contractor to carry out construction and renovation operations legally in the community. Additionally, a contractor having its on-site team insured and covered frees you from all liabilities that may arise due to damage to your property or an injury to workers while working.