In Australia, there are no registration requirements for contractors and no government body to oversee industry standards. This is a nightmare for the consumer, as it means there are no quality guarantees and no way of determining who is qualified for a particular job. The unregulated nature of the industry means that it is more important than ever for you to know exactly what questions to ask in order to ensure the concrete contractor you eventually choose has the experience and expertise necessary to get the job done. This week, we run through five essential questions to ask before engaging a concrete contractor.
How long have you been in the concrete business?
In concreting, as in most trade professions, experience is everything. The longer a concreter has been around, the wider their variety of experience, and the broader their expertise base. At the absolute minimum, you should hire a contractor who has at least five years of experience in the industry. The concreters at Prestige Concrete have more than 20 years’ experience providing concreting solutions to Melbourne’s Western Suburbs.
Can you give me references for three similar jobs you’ve done?
Asking for three recent references for concrete jobs will not only enable you to check up on the quality of work and professionalism of the contractor you are considering, it also lets you find out whether the contractor has recent experience working on the type of services you need.
Do you offer any warranty?
Always aim to hire a contractor who can provide a guarantee of materials and labour so you are covered if something goes wrong.
How much will this job cost?
An experienced contractor will be able to give you an onsite estimate of the project costs. They should also be able to give you a breakdown on the cost of materials, labour, and timeframe required to have it completed.
What kind of timeline can this be done in?
Weather permitting, most concrete driveway or paving jobs should take no more than three days. If the contractor is reluctant to give you a specific timeframe, they may be the type that starts a job and leaves it incomplete for several weeks or months at a time.
Prestige Concrete are well established concrete contractors in Melbourne offering a comprehensive range of residential and commercial concreting solutions. To learn more about our capabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0411 440 157.