If you have made the decision to install a patio on your property, you may have already taken time to request quotes from various patio installers. A patio provides you with the perfect space for relaxing on your own or with family and friends outdoors.
The cost of your patio installation will be dependent on the materials that will be used as well as the size of the patio that you want to install. While you certainly want to pay attention to the total cost of the project, you also want to focus on a few other factors before you make your decision about which patio installer to use. Here are five questions to ask before you hire a patio installer.
1. Are You Insured?
Any time you a hire a contractor, you want to ensure that the professional has liability insurance. While you may more commonly think about insurance for professionals like a plumbing or electrical contractor, a patio installer may also cause damage to your property either through negligence or by accident. You want to ensure that the contractor has the ability to reimburse you for those damages.
2. Do You Offer a Warranty?
The techniques and materials used for the patio installation will affect your enjoyment of the patio space. For example, when concrete is mixed too watery or poured too thin, it is more likely to crack or fracture. The best patio installers may offer a limited warranty on their labour.
3. Do You Have References?
Just as you would not think about hiring a roofing contractor or a kitchen renovator without reviewing professional references, you should do the same thing when hiring a patio installer. It is best to obtain at least three references from a patio installation contractor who you are thinking about working with. You may drive by those homes and view work performed at the front of the property, or you may contact references via phone to learn more about the experiences others have had when working with the contract.
4. Is the Estimate Firm?
Some contractors will prepare estimates that leave room for price adjustments. You should carefully review the estimate yourself, and ask as many questions as you need to in order to verify that the estimate is firm and final.
5. What Should I Expect?
You may also consider asking the contractor what the installation process is like. How long should the process take, and do you need to do anything to prepare for the installation before it begins?
Taking time to select the best installation professional for your patio is critical to enjoying the best results possible. By asking these questions during the selection process, you can most easily find the best installer for the job.
This article was written by the team at Great Aussie Patios, multi-award winning patio installers in Perth, Western Australia. Visit their offices at 1/15 Alloa Rd, Maddington, WA, 6109 or give them a call on 08 9493 7115.