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How do I Choose the Best Asphalt Paving Contractor?

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  • Written By: Angela Crout-Mitchell
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 19 October 2018
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There are many factors to consider when selecting the best asphalt paving contractor for residential or business needs. Consumer awareness groups and organizations suggest consumers look for contractors that are well known and have a good reputation in the area, can offer proof of the correct licensing and insurance, and are willing to offer a written agreement before any work begins. When choosing an asphalt paving contractor, it is also advisable to visit previous work sites and ensures the quality of work is well done and up to the consumer's standards. Most experienced contractors in this field are qualified to install asphalt paving for driveways and walkways, as well as install concrete paving.

Most consumer watchdog organizations, and contractors themselves, do not recommend simply choosing the name of the asphalt paving contractor from the phone book and hiring them. It is good practice to only consider those companies that have a good reputation in the area and have excellent standing with consumer groups. Many contracting companies receive large amounts of new business from the referrals of past clients. Home improvement experts often suggest looking for professionals through friends and family that have had work previously done.

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When choosing the best asphalt paving contractor, it is important to check out their credentials, including that the company has the correct forms of insurance and licenses. Almost every region has specific requirements pertaining to this type of service, and it is essential that companies meet the criteria in order to legally operate. Some types of the required insurances are intended to protect the client from liability in the event of an injury to a worker or damage done to the property during the asphalt installation process. If the company can not produce the necessary documentation, the client should consider another contractor that has the proper certifications.

Another important factor to consider when choosing an asphalt paving contractor is the company's willingness to sign an approved contract or agreement before beginning work. These documents are necessary to protect both the client and the contractor from any changes to the agreement once work has begun. Stipulations concerning the materials to be used on the job, the time estimated to complete the work, and the price are generally included in the agreement. It is considered a sign of bad faith if a contractor refuses to offer or participate in drawing up a legal and mutually beneficial contract.

Many home improvement experts also recommend visiting previous work sites of the company, if possible, to view past projects. Some of the contractor's previous clients may allow the potential client to visit their home or business for this purpose. If a physical visit is not possible, the contractor should be able to produce photos of the work for consideration.

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