So finally, after much inspiration and many long, long hours of deliberation, you’ve a clear vision for your dream hardscaping project.
How do you turn that dream into a reality?
How do you prevent that dream from becoming a nightmare?
Simply put, you only need to do one thing – find a Portland Oregon hardscape contractor you can trust.
5 steps to hiring a dream hardscaping contractor
Your dream hardscaping contractor is the one that shares your vision; he knows what you want and he can deliver accordingly.
Be careful of hardscaping contractors that try to sell you on their vision, those dreamers that know they cannot deliver what you envision but instead try to persuade you to accept what they can deliver.
Be careful of hardscaping contractors that promise you the earth, say yes to anything you request but in reality can only dream about the job – rather than do the job.
How do you check your hardscaping contractor can deliver your vision?
Simple – you check his past work. Ask him if you can visit similar projects he’s completed previously, or if he has gallery photographs or references.
DO NOT hire any hardscaping contractor that cannot show you evidence of similar work that matches your specification.
Your dream hardscaping contractor is the one whose quality matches your specification and standards.
Quality hardscaping contractors are defined as those contractors who use the highest quality materials to deliver projects that match, or surpass, their client’s expectations within the set budget.
Don’t settle for hardscaping contractors that offer you the best price, the best materials or the best quality, without any proof they can substantiate these claims.
Your dream hardscaping contractor should have a reputation that precedes him, with a bustling portfolio of satisfied clients happy to refer his work and ample evidence of quality projects completed – on time, with quality and within budget.
Ask any potential hardscaping contractor for references, and if he is struggling to give you a few contact details, or is not forthcoming enough on any previous jobs you could visit or view, then find another whose jobs speak for themselves.
Your dream hardscaping contractor should be realistic and reasonable enough with you to schedule enough time to deliver your project on time, and at the right time.
Be careful of any hardscaping contractor that is too busy, and you have to wait weeks or months for him to undertake your work. This may be a ‘red flag’ to suggest he is:-
- slow to complete work
- has too much work on
- is overloaded with too many customers
Be careful of any hardscaping contractor that is not busy enough, those guys that can offer to do your project ‘right away’. This may be a ‘red flag’ to suggest he is:-
- not busy enough
- desperate for work
- not of sufficient quality to be busy
Your dream hardscaping contractor should be able to provide a guarantee for his work, not just in terms of completing on time to the required standard, but confident enough to guarantee his work against future maintenance or failure.
Your dream hardscaping contractor should be able to guarantee his:-
- Parts and labor warranty