Once you notice damage on your driveway, there are 2 steps you can take. You either fix it yourself or hire a contractor to do the job for you. You can handle minor cracks easily, but for more problematic areas, you’re better off calling for professional help. Sadly, you can’t always trust all contractors. Some homeowners have experienced receiving subpar work from these companies. To prevent this from happening to you, here are a few tips you can use.
Check Out Multiple Quotes and Their Inclusions
At a minimum, get at least 3 estimates from separate contractors. Sure, this requires some time and effort, but it’ll all be worth it. Remember that someone who’s less diligent may have to hire professionals again after a few months because of shoddy work. While you’re asking around for quotes, use that opportunity to gauge if you can trust the company.
A skilled contractor will never provide you with an over-the-phone quote. They’ll ask if they can come to your home so they don’t over or underestimate the extent of work that needs to be done. Try inquiring about the initial bill and the invoice breakdown. A company that has no intention of overcharging or slipping in some unapproved charges will comply with your requests while a dishonest one will refuse to give out details.
Understand How Concrete Driveway Repair Works
There’s no such thing as an ultimate fix to cracks. All companies use a mixture of various binding agents and cement to fill in holes and prevent them from spreading. After repairs, your driveway will never look the same as when it was first built. So, if a contractor tells you otherwise (while charging a large sum to make it seem like new), get a second opinion.
Don’t Believe Name-Drops
Name-dropping is one method used by individuals to acquire new contracts. They knock on your door, say they just worked on your neighbor or friend’s driveway and couldn’t help but notice that yours could use some work on it as well. The person then tells you they can give you a discount because, hey, you’re friends with another client and they’re trying to build a network. There’s a chance they’ll provide you with rates that are hard to turn down, but that’s exactly what you need to do.
It’s highly likely that this person has been rejected by your friends and neighbors and decided to use their names in an effort to make you think they’re a safe bet. To turn these people away, tell them you want to confirm their claims first. Don’t be surprised if they disappear before you even shut the door.
Refuse Discounted Extra Concrete
Some people pose as contractors driving around with extra concrete. They’ll offer you help with your driveway for a very low price in one condition: you have to pay them upfront with cash. Don’t expect quality work from them. Experienced workers are confident about their skills and won’t provide them to anyone at extremely reduced rates. Also a professional will never overestimate the materials they need for a project.
These tips should help you avoid poor concrete driveway crack repair services. They’ll prevent you from having to hire a new contractor after a few months because of substandard work. As long as you stay alert and be on the lookout for these warning signs, you’ll be fine.