How to Hire a Paving Contractor
Making the decision to install pavers in your home can be a big decision in how your home’s exterior will look. Hiring a paver contractor is normally your first step. Similarly, the cost is an investment that you will want to think long and hard about. So, once you’ve made the decision, you head to the hardware store or flooring warehouse and choose that just perfect stone. But now, how will you decide who will install this most important element in your home?
Unlike plumbers or other specialized technicians, paver installers do not need a certain license in order to work. There are some certification programs such as a Concrete Paver Installer Course or Hardscape Training Course that might help alleviate some of your fears. But even without formal training, many installers are qualified to perform the work based on experience or apprenticeship programs.
You can look for certified installers through the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute (ICPI). Seal n Lock can also help you find your perfect installer. Installing pavers may look simple, but they must have both the knowledge and experience as well as the proper equipment to level the foundation, reinforce retaining walls, make clean cuts on the pavers and more.
As with other home renovations or repairs, word-of-mouth recommendations are an excellent way to start your search. Use the web to search installers in your area. Hiring a paver contractor with excellent reviews is a good way to make sure you get quality work done. Check the BBB and Contractor State License boards to see if the installer is listed and what their reviews may be like. Google and Yelp both offer reviews of contractors. And services such as Angie’s prescreen contractors and offer direct customer reviews.
Questions you can ask a paver contractor:
- Are you certified through the ICPI?
- Are you insured?
- Could you provide references?
- Are you experienced with this kind of job?
- Can you provide a sketch with your vision for the project?
- What are your payment expectations?
- May I have an estimate in writing?
Other considerations to think about:
- Establish the terms of the bid and what factors might affect cost
- Be sure that you and the installer understand the design and final look of the project.
- Get at least three to five bids.
- Don’t be afraid to ask specific questions to the installer.
- Ask for photos or addresses of previous work.
So, when you’re trying to decide on who will install your pavers, make sure that person or team will be qualified professional to manage all aspects of the installation with the skill, professionalism, and vision of a professional.