Finding the right paver for your paving project can be very complex and confusing. It is not that there is a shortage of decent paving companies. The opposite is true, there are plenty of paving companies out there.
The problem is that almost every company advertises itself as the best. And given that most of them offer similar services, selecting the right one can be tricky. The ultimate question is: how do you look beyond the marketing hype to find the right paving company for your project?
The answer is simple: learn how to evaluate paving companies! There are a number of ways you can do this. However, there are four critical steps to evaluate any potential paver:
Check Out Their Paving References
The best pavers have a solid track record of well-executed projects. Past accomplishments can provide a clear picture of a company’s ability to execute your project. As such, before hiring a paver, you need to review their past projects.
Most pavers will actually give you references, often accompanied by photos, quotes or video testimonials. Do not take the testimonials at face value. Reach out to the references and ask them about the company, and see if they corroborate the company’s claims. If possible, visit the location which was paved and see the work for yourself.
Checking out the references can give you a better picture about the paver. First of all, it can help you identify those who are dishonest. Secondly, it can enable you to see an actual completed project, and assess the quality of their work.
Ask About Their Paving Equipment List
For a paver to successfully accomplish the project, they need to have the right equipment. As such, before hiring a paver, you must ensure that they have all the vital equipment. The only way you can do this is by asking for their equipment list.
The best paving companies are actually quite proud of their equipment. As such, they will gladly supply you with a detailed list. If a company is hesitant or dodgy about giving you the list, that should raise some red flags. It probably means that they don’t have some of the needed equipment.
Ask For Their Execution Plan
A great paver must be able to provide you with a detailed execution plan for your project. This plan should outline how they will accomplish your project. Such a plan should include timelines (i.e. start and end dates), materials, equipment, personnel and cost projections. Therefore, before selecting the paver, make sure that you are satisfied with their paving execution plan. At a minimum, you should be satisfied with the timelines and cost.
Verify Their Presentation To HOA
If you are paving a community, generally the Homeowners Association (HOA) plays a central role in enforcing housing standards in certain communities. If your paving project will be carried out within a HOA area, then it needs to be carried out according to HOA standards. As such, you need to ensure that the paver is in a position to abide by these standards. The only way you can ascertain this is by verifying whether they have presented to HOA board members before previous projects. Do not hesitate to ask the paving company to come in front of your board for a presentation.
In a nutshell, those are four critical things which you can use to evaluate a paving company. Other important things include the qualifications of their pavers, insurance for their workers and whether all their employees have undergone thorough background checks. Following these simple guidelines will ensure that you hire the perfect pavers to successfully complete your project.
If you’re currently evaluating paving companies, we welcome you to cal us at 732-886-1940. We’ll be glad to show you our references, review our equipment list, and set up a cost effective paving plan.
Look forward to talking with you.