Tips On How To Get The Best Out Of Your Asphalt Contractor
Hiring an asphalt contractor is only the first step towards getting your project done well. However, managing the working relationship may require more effort than you anticipated, making it important to plan ahead. In most cases, you will need to be diligent to ensure that the project is completed on time and stays within budget.
Here are some ways you can monitor the progress of your project but still maintain good communication between you and your asphalt contractor.
Pay them well
Majority of contractors send in costs estimates when bidding for a job to give you an idea of what you’ll pay after hiring them. Although discussions on the actual costs are held afterwards, it is important to agree on a price that is comensurate to the work to be done. Contractors that are paid according to the market trends tend to work better and strive to deliver quality work. Also, payment that is done on time greatly boosts the esteem of contractors giving them the drive to work fast and efficiently.
Agree on completion timelines
Every asphalt project has a beginning and end which are usually set on particular dates. These dates make it easier for contractors to plan their work in advance to ensure progress will be seen on a daily basis. On your side, you will need to make everything available on the agreed date including the payment, if that is what has been agreed on. Apart from dates within which the work is to be done, it is important to discuss clean-up as part of the duties that need to be completed within the agreed timelines.
Be clear on work instructions
The discussion around the scope of work to be done on your driveway should take place before installation begins. It is important to be clear about your expectations and ensure that your contractor understands their role in making your vision come true. If possible, get sample images of the “final result” and have your contractor look at them so that they have an idea of the expected outcome. Apart from giving instructions, it is advisable to also consider ideas put forth by the contractor to make it easier to work together.
Keep tabs on the project
Be hands-on when working with your asphalt contractor by checking on the progress of the work on a regular basis. The best time is at the end of the day when the crew has left the site allowing you to do a brief walk through and record any issues that need clarification. If possible, have a sit down with the contractor and highlight any issues that need to be attended to before the project proceeds further. In most cases, the contractor will work on the issues raised to ensure that the final work is satisfactory.
Have an emergency account
Although the total budget for the project is agreed upon at the start, it is important to put aside some funds for emergencies. It is common to make changes to the initial plans and this requires some extra funding for the project to be complete. You do not have to disclose the existence of the additional funds to the contractor but it can come in handy at times when money is needed urgently.
Document all changes to the project
The possibility of the contractor and his team encountering unforeseen challenges on site is probably, requiring amendments to the initial contract. In most cases, your asphalt contractor will handle the changes and make the necessary adjustments. However, to avoid any misunderstandings, ensure that additional work is documented and signed by both parties. That way, all services offered and all materials bought are accounted for and can be verified. Contracts are the best way to protect your interests and those of your contractor.
Professionally goes both ways. If you professional with your contractor, they will reciprocate the same. Strive to be professional from the start of the project to its completion while aiming to be the best customer possible. Make it clear that you expect a job done well and do not hesitate to point out areas that are below your expectations. Making their work site habitable by assigning a bathroom for their use is also a good way to motivate them to work better. Other ways to enhance the relationship include greeting them and complimenting work well.
If you are planning to hire an asphalt contractor for a project, keep the above points will help you get the best out of your working relationship, now and in the future.