If you are ready to start the New Year off with home improvement ideas in mind, you are not alone. The New Year is an excellent time to consider making some repairs around your home before the spring. Home improvements can range from upgrading existing fixtures and finishes to knocking down walls and adding on square footage. Whichever improvements you have in mind, use these tips to guide you throughout the process if you need to hire a contractor:
1. Determine when to take action - Often times we see things around the house that need attention, but sometimes they get forgotten about until something major happens. For example, when it rains the water comes down that broken gutter, it floods out around the front porch and puddles every time. Well, the porch now has a void under it from erosion and the front step/sidewalk concrete area has just separated. The step is now inconsistent from the others, creating a major trip hazard. At this point, someone in your family has tripped a few times and maybe it's not a big deal yet, but a neighbor could fall and this sunken concrete is now a liability to you as the homeowner.
2. Compare apples to apples - If you're of the belief that you must always get 3 estimates before you hire a contractor, please make sure that you are comparing apples to apples. What I mean is this, there are a few trades out there that can do similar jobs, but their process and materials are very different. At Concrete Corrections, we lift/level and stabilize sunken concrete with polyurethane foam. There are other contractors out there that lift/level sunken concrete with a cementious material or grout. These processes are quite different and each may have their pros & cons, but they really shouldn't be compared as equals. So, if you're interested in mudjacking with grout, compare the mudjacking companies process & pricing. If you're wanting polyurethane foam, it would be wise to compare polyurethane foam companies process & pricing.
3. Know who you are hiring - They say that you can tell a lot about a person in the first few minutes. Some contractors don't ever answer their phones, some don't call back and some don't even show up after they've been hired. It is important that you get a feel for who you are hiring, even though it may seem like a small job. There are things you can do or questions to ask: take a look at their references, do they have a website, have you met them in person, get a professional estimate, what other projects have they done, etc.
3. Setting Expectations - It's so important for the customer and the contractor to be on the same page. Getting a professional estimate should spell out all the steps in any repair you're having done, but if it doesn't, ASK QUESTIONS. Here is an example, a customer has a cracked and sunken driveway that they want repaired and looking better. The contractor should have in their estimate that they will raise the sunken areas to level and repair/seal cracks, but the cracks in the driveway will still be visible. We don't want the customer thinking that they will come home to a brand new driveway and all cracks will disappear. Perhaps the driveway will then get a coating over the top to make it look brand new and the cracks will essentially "disappear", but make sure it's clear of what the job will entail and what is expected.
Hiring a contractor to help out with home improvements doesn't have to be a "nightmare experience" that some people talk about. It's really a two way street and important for both parties to educate themselves on what they are getting into. Don't forget, if your contractor did a great job, let them know or give them a good review somewhere. It really does help!
9/30/2020 06:29:22 am
My dad noticed that our driveway is not evenly constructed, which is why he's currently looking for a concrete contractor that may address this concern. Well, I agree with you that it would be best to compare the process and pricing of different mud jacking services. You're also right about the importance of seeking references from the prospective service.
10/12/2020 01:43:41 pm
It's good to know that sunken concrete can be a liability to homeowners since a neighbor could trip and injure themselves. My husband and I have been ignoring the sunken concrete in our front walkway for about a month now. Thanks for helping me see why we shouldn't put off hiring a concrete repair service any longer!
7/6/2021 01:14:32 am
You made a good point when you shared that it is important to hire a reliable service that has good references to fix repair your sunken concrete. My neighbor just mentioned the other day that she is worried about her house since the concrete has sunken since a few weeks ago. I will suggest to her hiring a reliable service that can help solve the issue.
Thanks for pointing out that we should look at their references and website to check their reputation. I will follow your advice now that I need their services for my concrete driveway. It's because I noticed that there are cracks on them especially on the edges of them since last week.
10/1/2021 05:59:20 am
Lopsided cement isn't just a stumbling peril, yet it likewise represents an obligation for mechanical producers with a sizable labor force, venture proprietors who rent space in business structures, regions with government and state representatives, and landowners who lease to inhabitants living in multi-story structures. Unlevel cement can even make a genuine claim for the normal mortgage holder who might have walkways with only one part of lifting concrete.
1/26/2022 03:17:54 pm
Concrete repair is the process of fixing a hardened concrete surface that over time has lost the ability to hold the binding concrete materials together due to damage or environmental exposure.
1/28/2022 04:28:52 pm
We don't want the customer thinking that they will come home to a brand new driveway and all cracks will disappear. I’m so thankful for your helpful post!
9/9/2022 05:15:46 pm
The contractor should have in their estimate that they will raise the sunken areas to level and repair seal cracks, but the cracks in the driveway will still be visible. I truly appreciate your great post!
9/21/2022 01:14:15 am
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10/24/2022 11:18:38 pm
Home improvement projects can be challenging, but concrete repair is one area where it is important to get the job done right. Whether you are patching a small crack or replacing a large section of concrete, proper preparation and repair techniques are essential to ensuring a lasting repair.
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