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- Ask to see projects the contractor completed more than two years ago so you can see how the work holds up over time.
- Are the pavers laid in a way that minimizes awkward cuts? Are the curves of the project cut in a way that minimizes large gaps?
- Has edge restraint been used and is it still in place?
- How long does the contractor guarantee the work? How many warranty claims has the company had in the past two years?
- Some contractors will hire other companies to perform parts of the work, like lighting and irrigation. Be sure to ask the contractor about these sub-contractors and how they will be managed.
- How long has the contractor been installing pavers and walls?
- Has the contractor installed projects in the past with the features you’re considering (e.g., a raised patio, retaining wall or water feature)?
- What are the contractor’s base preparation methods? What materials are used and why?
- Is there a standard procedure for base preparation or will the contractor assess your site’s unique needs?
- Ask the contractor how far in advance they are booking projects and how long your project might take.
- What is the contractor’s payment terms?
- Is an upfront deposit required to secure the timing of the project?
- Does the contractor have the proper licensing for their work?
- Does the contractor have liability insurance and are employees covered by Workers Compensation?
- Will there be permits required for the job and if so, who is responsible to secure them?
- Do you like this contractor? Can you easily communicate and understand each other? Is this someone you can trust?
- Ask if the person you’re meeting will be on site throughout the project or if someone else in the company will be your day-to-day contact person.
- Contacting references can help you understand how the contractor operates throughout a project.
- Does the contractor offer a design service? Is there a cost for this? Is the design hand drawn or rendered in 3D?
- Are the contractor’s designs something you would like for your project?
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