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By William Grander

Installing concrete pavers, either as a driveway, patio, or walkway, is a great way to beautify and increase the value of your home. Many homeowners may find, however, that installing them is no easy feat. In fact, many years of experience are required in order to properly do the job – and a proper installation will ensure your project’s durability for years to come. Here are some questions to ask your prospective contractor to find the most skilled and reliable one you can.

First: Experience matters, and in particular experience with your specific job request. Ask your contractor how many years of paver installation experience they have. Ask them if they have ever done a project like yours before. Many problems and special circumstances could arise during the installation of your project, so you want to make sure your contractor can handle any contingency.

Second: Obtain references from other customers. In particular, unsolicited references are the best, as it is doubtful that the contractor will give you references that will damage his or her reputation. Searching for online reviews, if possible, is a good way to obtain candid reviews.

Third: Ensure that your contractor has the requisite licensing and insurance to complete the work legally and safely. Some contractors use illegal immigrant labor. This is illegal and should be a concern to you. Clearly communicate that you want all workers to be legal and have the proper paperwork.

Fourth: Is your prospective contractor part of any professional paver organization? Membership with these organizations brings benefits to the contractor of potential leads in exchange for constant education in the newest paver techniques and technologies.

Finally: How will the contractor do the work? How long will it take? What are the payment terms? And does he or she offer any warranties? Make sure you get all of this out in writing beforehand (such as when the estimate is completed) in case of potential disagreements in the future.

For more information on this and other topics, see this website on concrete pavers. Other information on finding a paver contractor can be found on this site as well.

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