Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Hiring a Concrete Cutting Contractor

With fall approaching, now’s a good time to get your home renovation project started. The colder season will bring unpredictability. Not only could a bad storm delay your project, but it may affect its quality. For example, if you need to get the cracks and potholes in your driveway repaired, then it’s advisable to do so before it’s covered by leaves. Here are some potentially costly mistakes you should avoid when shopping for interior concrete cutting services for renovations at home.

Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Hiring a Concrete Cutting Contractor
Home with concrete pavement.

Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Hiring a Concrete Cutting Contractor

#1 Automatically Going with the Cheapest Option

When you want to get the job done the right way but are also on a budget, it’s tempting to pick the lowest bidder. However, a professional that promises to complete your project at a price well below market rates may leave you with a headache.

If they’re skipping a few steps to do things cheaply, then your project may need expensive and time-consuming revisions. Remember the adage: “You get what you pay for.”

#2 Using the Services of an Inexperienced Professional

Hire a company that’s been in the business for decades. Concrete cutting can be complicated. Experienced professionals will manage the unexpected without botching the job or damaging your property.

Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Hiring a Concrete Cutting Contractor
Cracked concrete

#3 Being Unsure

Even the most experienced professionals will struggle to do the job if you’re indecisive. Have clarity before greenlighting the project. If you’re unsure, ask them for ideas. An honest professional will help you by keeping your expectations realistic. 

#4 Not Checking Their Reputation

In the digital age, hiring anyone on their word is inexcusable. Most reputable companies have an informative website. Check their testimonials and browse through pictures of their work. Learn about the kind of projects they do. If they also do commercial work such as highways and airports, then they’re likely to do your residential job professionally.

#5 Not Going with a Local Company 

Some localities in Canada experience particularly harsh weather. When shopping for a contractor, find a professional that understands the demands of the local climate. This could improve the longevity of your completed project. For example, in a town that experiences freezing winters, a local contractor is likely to be more adept at repairing and maintaining driveways to withstand the elements. 

Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Hiring a Concrete Cutting Contractor
Concrete stairs

#6 Ignoring Safety Policies and Certifications

It’s vital to select a company that’s certified and has a strong safety policy. A certified contractor will follow all regulations. And a company with strong safety policies is likely to respect their workers and your property. Remember, concrete cutting can be hazardous work. If nothing else, it’s good karma to choose a company that believes in accountability.

#7 Not Asking About Recycling 

Concrete cutting can produce several by-products. Some of these are hazardous for your health and the environment. A good company will recycle on-site. They’ll also have equipment that can dispose of waste efficiently. You don’t want to do the cleanup after your contractor is done.

Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Hiring a Concrete Cutting Contractor
Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Hiring a Concrete Cutting Contractor

These are seven mistakes you should avoid when hiring a contractor for your concrete project. Remember to find a reputable and experienced company that answers your questions and provides you with a free quote. Most importantly – trust your gut.

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Thanks for the tips. I always find that going with the cheaper option ends up costing more because you have to do it again sooner than later.


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