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How to Hire a Concrete Paver Contractor
Just knowing something about a contractor isn't enough. In order to ensure a quality installation, you should ask questions of the contractor like:
- How long have they been installing pavers?
- Have they been trained by a manufacturer or by the ICPI? Do they have written certificate of completion?
- What percentage of their total business consists of installing concrete pavers?
- Will they provide you with three references, not only recent ones, but from past jobs?
- Can you contact their references and inspect the jobs?
- Do they have a portfolio of photos and letters to qualify themselves?
- Are they in good credit standing?
- Do they have a current liability insurance certificate? While the contractor is on your property, they should be insured for any damage and injuries that may occur. Check your homeowners insurance policy for coverage of the contractor while on your property.
- Can the contractor provide proof that Worker Compensation Insurance covers all of the job?
- Do they install the job per ICPI specifications? Can they supply a copy?
- Do they provide a written, itemized proposal outlining the scope of work and terms of payment? It should include starting and completion dates, demolition and excavation paving and base materials, and taxes.
- Do they guarantee their work for one year? Will they return in a year to inspect it?
- Are they members of the ICPI or other associations?
With answers to these questions and others you might have, plus answers on how to know when the installation is being done right, you should be able to select a competent contractor. The above information is courtesy of the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute.
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