According to statistics, roughly 90% of American households own or have access to a vehicle from the comforts of their homes. Ownership of a car is the cherry on top of the American dream, and in all likely hood, you own one too!
But with such a large statistic of car ownership throughout the states, only 70% of US homes have concrete driveways installed. Though the difference may not seem much, it’s only a 20% contrast after all. But converted to population, that’s millions of US car owners without driveways of their own!
Having your own driveway comes with a lot of benefits. It increases your property value, de-clutters the streets, and makes driving safer overall. But not everyone is equipped with the skills to pave their own driveway. That’s why we have specialists!
Having established the value of driveways, here are a few things to consider when hiring a driveway contractor!
Collect Contractor Names
To kick things off, you’re first gonna’ need a list of driveway contracting companies. But with thousands of contractors out there, how would you know which ones are worth looking into?
A good way to go about this is by asking your friends, families, and/or neighbors. Maybe you have a few people you know that have a driveway paved on their property. Ring them up, ask for recommendations, and you should have a good list to start with.
Do Your Research
Have a look at your contractors’ websites and start browsing. Have a look at their services, compare their prices, and see if you like what they offer. If you have any questions, check out their FAQ page and see if people are asking the same thing. Base your choice on what kind of job you want to be done. This would take a little bit of research into driveways, but the end result is worth the extra time.
Additionally, look for licenses, and qualifications. A contractor who knows their worth will proudly display these on their site. Through this method, you should be able to narrow down your list quite a bit.
Check Their Reviews
A company thrives on positive customer reviews.
Companies will always be praising themselves on their website. Advertising their forte is what they do. This is why you should always take their words with a grain of salt.
The best way to know whether or not a company is, indeed, competent at what they do is through customer testimonies and reviews. A trail of happy customers that received the driveway of their dreams will leave a good word, and companies will wear these like trophies. You can never fully trust what contractors say about themselves, but you can always trust what the customers say about them.
Give Them a Call
Congratulations! You’ve narrowed down your list significantly. To finalize your choice, give them a call or schedule an interview.
This is where you assess how professional a driveway contractor is. Think of it like a job interview: you are the employer, and they are the employee Prepare a list of questions and talking points. Express your vision for your driveway, and how you want it made. Pay attention to how they answer your questions and how much they communicate with you. Interviews are a great way to strengthen your relationship with the contractor and create trust.
Once you’re through with this step, then we guarantee that you’ll have that one contractor happy to help you pave your own driveway.