RESIDENTIAL CONCRETE

CHOOSING THE RIGHT CONCRETE CONTRACTOR

5 Mistakes Homeowners Make When Selecting Concrete Contractors

Adding concrete to your residential property is a cost-effective way to add real value to your home and build equity into your property. Unfortunately selecting the right residential concrete contractor in San Antonio, TX can be difficult. Too many times we hear horror stories from homeowners as well as businesses that fell prey to unscrupulous concrete contractors in San Antonio, TX. Nothing hurts more than having to pay a reputable company more to remove improperly poured concrete or to finish a job the right way. In our experiences, we find there seems to be a trend of mistakes homeowners make when selecting residential concrete contractors in San Antonio, TX.  Below we outline the top 5 mistakes made when hiring a concrete contractor and how to avoid them.

1. Hiring Family

Topping our list and number one for a reason is hiring family to perform concrete work on your residence. A family is great for barbecues, events and just hanging out but once money is exchanged for services those family ties are tested quickly. In San Antonio, we hear more and more from homeowners that hired a family member to complete a construction job. We understand the desire to help family and provide work for members of our family that are in need, however, unlike slapping a coat of paint on the fence or the spare bedroom residential concrete requires experience and knowledge that goes beyond simple busy work.

1. Hiring Family

Topping our list and number one for a reason is hiring family to perform concrete work on your residence. A family is great for barbecues, events and just hanging out but once money is exchanged for services those family ties are tested quickly. In San Antonio, we hear more and more from homeowners that hired a family member to complete a construction job. We understand the desire to help family and provide work for members of our family that are in need, however, unlike slapping a coat of paint on the fence or the spare bedroom residential concrete requires experience and knowledge that goes beyond simple busy work.

2. First Bid

Accepting the first bid received without shopping around is like swinging at the first pitch in baseball, just don’t do it. We understand many homeowners have a budget in mind before they make the call for residential concrete installation estimates. Just because the first company that bids are under or close to your budget might not make them the best choice. We recommend a minimum of 3 bids and advise homeowners to not reveal their budgets until after the bid is submitted. Materials and labor differ from contractor to contractor and giving them a number upfront make it easy for unnecessary inflation of the price and potential use of lesser quality concrete that will not last.

3. Buying Solely on Price

There is a saying in all industries and products, “you get what you pay for”.In concrete, this can be a costly mistake due to the life of a residential property. Our homes are expected to be an asset virtually forever barring catastrophes and adding concrete should be able to stand that test of time. Our number three mistake we see is homeowners buying solely on a price opening the door to contractors looking for a sale using a cut-rate mix or skimping on rebar. Using these tactics can cut the lifespan of the concrete short and adds excessive cost for removal and repour in the future.

3. Buying Solely on Price

There is a saying in all industries and products, “you get what you pay for”.In concrete, this can be a costly mistake due to the life of a residential property. Our homes are expected to be an asset virtually forever barring catastrophes and adding concrete should be able to stand that test of time. Our number three mistake we see is homeowners buying solely on a price opening the door to contractors looking for a sale using a cut-rate mix or skimping on rebar. Using these tactics can cut the lifespan of the concrete short and adds excessive cost for removal and repour in the future.

4. Not Getting a Completion Time in Writing

It’s easy to understand that quality takes time and since it is your home you want to ensure care and time is being taken into consideration. We agree and understand that it is difficult to promise a date when weather and underground forces are in play, however accepting a contract without mention of these variances and a clear cut timetable for completion leaves the door open for bad practices. If you like the company you chose to work with then it should not be a problem to request a date in writing.

5. Skipping Permits

Skipping permits should be the biggest red flag in your decision. Permits are necessary to ensure that you the homeowner are not getting subpar work and that when it comes time to sell your property that your new concrete work will not prevent the sale. Real estate sales in Texas require a document called a sellers disclosure this legal document asks specifically if any additions have been added and were permits used. A good real estate agent representing a potential buyer of your property will ask to have the permits pulled to determine the quality of the work. If you went with a contractor that skipped the permits for price reasons you might not only lose the sale but be fined by local authorities in the future. Bottom line don’t do it.

5. Skipping Permits

Skipping permits should be the biggest red flag in your decision. Permits are necessary to ensure that you the homeowner are not getting subpar work and that when it comes time to sell your property that your new concrete work will not prevent the sale. Real estate sales in Texas require a document called a sellers disclosure this legal document asks specifically if any additions have been added and were permits used. A good real estate agent representing a potential buyer of your property will ask to have the permits pulled to determine the quality of the work. If you went with a contractor that skipped the permits for price reasons you might not only lose the sale but be fined by local authorities in the future. Bottom line don’t do it.

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