Your quest for the best asphalt paving contractors in San Diego should begin here. We have a list of approved contractors, who should satisfy all the criteria you need.
All the same, we advise you to choose carefully and ask some searching questions of the person or company that you wish to hire.
Here are some of the most important things to remember before hiring someone.
HAVE THEY GOT GOOD INSURANCE COVER?
It is not enough to check whether the firm that you are thinking of hiring has adequate insurance, you need to know how extensive the insurance is and if it is good enough.
Some contractors will only have the bare minimum needed by law. This might not be enough if an accident occurs.
Remember, there will be laborers working on your property. You do not want to be in any position to be sued. The insurance that the contractor has is not likely to leave you out of pocket.
ARE THEY ASKING FOR A DOWN PAYMENT?
You really should not be asked for a down payment on any asphalting job if it is coming in less than $10,000.
No asphalt paving company in San Diego who is reputable and reliable will ask for a down payment for a small domestic job.
If they are a genuine company, they should have plenty of credit with asphalting companies to get the required materials for the job.
If you are asked for a down payment, there is the danger of you losing that money. Unfortunately, sometimes less than reputable companies do use money from new clients to pay off the debts they have from other clients, who may not have paid them in full.
IS THEIR EQUIPMENT UP TO THE JOB?
How old or new is the equipment that the company or contractor?
If the equipment they are using looks a bit past its sell by date, beware. If something breaks down, this could slow the whole job down and cause problems for you.
And even if they do have shiny new machines, it is worth checking that they are they trained by the manufacturer of the equipment to actually use them!
You should be looking for a certification from the manufacturers, to make sure these people are competent to use the equipment that they have got!
ASK FOR A FREE QUOTATION IN PERSON
Don’t just settle for an online quotation, from a firm who has not actually seen your property or your yard in the flesh.
A genuine contractor will come and visit you personally and then give a free quotation for the work.
We also advise that you get at least three personal quotations, where the operative has been around to look at your job in person.
ARE THEY DOING THIS JOB BY HAND?
Beware any contractor who tries to tell you that they can do this job as well as a machine can – they cannot!
There is a reason that asphalting machines cost upwards of $100,000 – it is because they do the job so much better than a human can do!
Your paving contractor should definitely have an asphalt paving machine to carry out this job!
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE ON THE JOB?
Of course, a lot depends on the size of the project that you have in mind, but we would be looking at the company or the contractor having a crew of between five and eight staff members.
Don’t take on anyone who says that they can do this job solo!
Not having enough staff is one of the key causes of delay and hold ups to a project.