When embarking on a home renovation project as arduous and sometimes pricey as installing a new driveway, it’s important to consider all of the options available. All too often, home owners are being promised ‘fantastic driveways’ at ‘competitive prices’, but actually are left with fairly poor work and big bills to fix the problems.
As your driveway is so important – as it is used by you and your visitor’s everyday – we’ve compiled a list of points to consider when choosing a contractor for this type of job to ensure you end up with the result you’re happy with.
Look at their previous work
Any reputable company will have a large portfolio of previous projects they’ve completed to show you what you can expect from your new venture. However it’s useful to remember that a company whom you were recommended by a friend may not be the ideal one for you, as they may specialise in different things, such as size or type of property. Therefore aim to view previous examples that reflect your property as much as possible to get a truer idea of what the end result will look like. Work closely with the designers to ensure that you are happy, and don’t be afraid to ask for their advice.
Get clued up on the materials they use
Although driveway materials used and the whole process of updating one may not be your strong point, it’s worth researching what respectable trades people recommend to use and what the process entails. This will mean you can compare it with that of your chosen company, and will have a better understanding of their proficiency. Also find out what weed barrier they use to ensure you won’t be left with weeds growing through your new driveway in the next few months.
Consider whether you’re getting a good deal price-wise
Unfortunately, those who guarantee the ‘best prices’ shouldn’t necessarily be the first choice. A project as big as this should be considered as an investment, and therefore should be seen as worth spending a little extra money on if it means you are getting the best quality possible. After all, you won’t want to replace it any time soon, so you will want one that is built to last. Shop around to see what sort of deals are on offer and what each company offers for the price.
Discover their guarantee policy, should there be any problems
Like with anything, things can sometimes go slightly wrong with a big project like renovating a driveway. Therefore it’s a really good idea to take the company’s guarantee policy into consideration when making your choice. Find out specifically what they would plan to do should there be any problems, and if you can receive confirmation in writing for extra reassurance. Any worthwhile company, would be happy to accommodate this request and help you to evaluate whether they will be able to help you seek necessary planning permissions too, which can take a big weight off your shoulders.