10 Quick Steps for Choosing the Right Pavers Contractor
Choosing Your Pavers Contractor
If you are looking for a PAVERS CONTRACTOR in Los Angeles or Orange county area- you have arrived at the right place. There are so many paver contractors to choose from and We know it can be very confusing to choose the right one. Here at Go Pavers we believe in disclosing EVERYTHING – which is why we created these 10 quick steps to help you find the right contractor.
1. Where to look for paver contractors and installers
The first step for many people in looking for paver contractors is an online search, search terms such as “pavers contractor los angeles”. Ideally, when researching, you want to make a list of at least 2 or 3 different potential companies. If possible, try to avoid adding general contractors to your list. General contractors are a good idea if you are doing multiple projects simultaneously, but for a specific project they can be somewhat more expensive with less expertise in that area.
2. Checking up on your pavers contractors
- Go to the Contractor State License Board and check if their license and insurance is up to date.
- Go to the Better Business Bureau. Any major complaints or unresolved issues will be posted there.
- Yelp.com is another great place to research pavers companies, but be sure to be look for any consistency.
- Angie’s List is a review source you can trust. Angie’s list customers need to register and provide their information, including address, in order to review thereby eliminating the ability to set up a quick and easy fake account to either bash a company or unfairly boost ratings. In many surveys, Angie’s list customers tend to be more satisfied with their contractors than other websites.
- Google is a fast and common way to research companies, read reviews, videos and pictures.
3. Check their industry recognition
Reliable paver contractors are often recognized by the pavers manufacturers who inspect their work according to their own specific standards. Be sure to look for authentic badges such as the one on the right on your contractor’s website or brochures. Some paving stone makers have an award like the MASTER CRAFTSMAN AWARD by Belgard , awarded for meeting the manufacturer’s highest standards. We are currently one out of 2 paver contractors in California that have been awarded with the Belgard Master Craftsman Award. Of course you can always simply call the manufacturer and ask them to recommend a company to install their products.
4. Free Estimate Call
You found the contractor you like and you want to schedule a free estimate – Give them a call and schedule your appointment. Ask yourself, did they sound organized? Were they accommodating? Were they able to provide the name of the person you will be meeting with? If a company doesn’t have good customer service at the first call, then they certainly won’t have good customer service when you begin the project.
5. Prepare for the meeting
Go to the paver contractors website and search if they have an online catalog. Some contractors display their pavers products on their website so you can browse and be prepared for the meeting. Knowing your preferred paver type can save you a lot of time and money.
6. Free Estimate meeting
A good company representative will listen to your needs and answer any questions. The rep should have the experience to provide you with a basic design and cost. Ask the rep questions about the experience or certification he has – a good rep will be certified with the ICPI. Find out if the representative will be present during the actual work.
7. Getting the price
Always ask for a written estimate. Some reps will give you a price on-site and others will have to do more calculations and send you the proposal by email, depending on the complicity of the work. A bad sign is when the contractor lowers the price every time you say “I need to think about it”.
Prices that are too good to be true usually are! In pavers installation skipping one stage (which will save a lot of money to the contractor) can be the difference between A LONG LASTING JOB TO A DISASTER.
An honest company will provide you with a price per square feet, and a detailed and itemize quote for ALL the MATERIALS and SERVICES that you are paying for – Not just general description. This will help you to compare side by side the price and the type of installation the estimate is included.
Be sure to ask your contractor to use ICPI recommendations during the installation process.
8. Comparing and choosing the right company for you
Take your estimates and do a simple table score and ask yourself these questions:
- How was your initial experience over the phone (when calling for a free estimate)?
- How was your Estimate Meeting with the contractor rep at your house? Was it informative and professional? Was it sound like a car salesman techniques? Repeated price reduction – are usually a bad sign.
- How were their online reviews?
- Is their pavers installation process follow ICPI guidelines ?
- Is the price include a Porta Potty at your home during construction for installers to use ? Or will they use your restroom?
- Did you receive samples of the product? Do they have a showroom you can go to and see samples?
- Did you receive a quote with detailed itemize list of all the product and services according to the ICPI standard ?
- PRICE- Professional contractors will provide you with a written and detailed estimate, the estimate should include separate prices for each services and products – Not just one price for all work, so you know exactly what you are paying for. Contractors that don’t provide detailed itemize quote is usually a bad sign that prices may not be regulated or some crucial stages may not be include in your installation.
Once you’ve found a pavers contractor, who you feel comfortable working with and their price fits your budget, make sure all the information you’ve discussed with the contractor is in the contract. Make certain that the pavers installation is according to ICPI standards. Some cities or HOA area require permits or HOA approval, make sure to get the necessary permits or approval before signing a contract.
10. You can always say no or change your mind
Even after you sign a contract you have 3 business days to change your mind and the contractor must return your deposit. It is far better to change your mind during that time period than to wait it out. Pavers are long lasting and durable; make sure to make the right choice when choosing your pavers contractor.