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A Quick Guide to Hiring the Right Hardscaper

Our Tips Will Make the Choice Easy

Being a homeowner is an amazing feeling. There’s something to be said for having total control of your own space—and being free to create a home that’s exactly yours. Of course, owning a home and fixing it up requires a great deal of responsibility, too. So, when you decide to make renovations or additions to your home, it’s important to do things right the first time. Otherwise, you risk spending extra money in the long run trying to fix someone else’s mistakes.

This is especially true when it comes to outdoor hardscaping. Fortunately, at Tribeca Masonry, we have over 20 years of experience making homeowners’ dreams come true when it comes to patio, stonework or brickwork design. And with this experience comes a world of knowledge.

So, what’s the No. 1 thing you should do when adding or upgrading your outdoor hardscape? Simple! Hire the right hardscaper for the job from day one.

How to Choose the Best Contractor

So, you’ve finally made the decision to upgrade your backyard with an eye-catching new retaining wall or a colorful new paver walkway. What should you know as you search for the right contractor? How can you be certain you’re hiring the perfect person for the job?

Here’s a quick checklist that’ll help you make the right decision:

Ask for referrals and references.

You wouldn’t hire just any electrician to fix faulty wiring in your home, would you? No. So, choosing a masonry contractor shouldn’t be any different. Ask neighbors and friends for recommendations and request references from your top choices, too.

Get it in writing.

Be sure the entire contract is in writing—from price quotes, start and finish dates, materials being used, payment schedules, liability and more. Things work more smoothly when they’re clearly spelled out in a contract.

Ask to see samples.

There is no better advertisement for a contractor than the work they’ve already done. Most companies will showcase jobs in a portfolio on their websites. Take some time to review their work—so you know if you like what you see!

Get a guarantee.

Most honest and reliable contractors will guarantee their work for a certain amount of time. Just ask. A guarantee of a year or two is a great sign that the company stands in good faith. If anything should happen to your patio, stonework or pavers, you’ll have total peace of mind knowing the contractor will fix the problem.

Agree on a timetable.

This goes along with a written contract, but be sure you and your contractor agree on the timing of your project. Some projects require excavation and may take longer than others. Agreeing on a timetable will help avoid tension and misunderstanding down the road.

Ask if the contractor is ICPI-certified.

Knowing that a company is certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute offers a little extra peace of mind to the consumer—and adds credibility to the contractor, too. Feel free to ask if the contractors you’re considering belong to this group!

Don’t let pricing cloud your decision.

Don’t hire a contractor based solely on price. Sometimes, you may find a great deal, but the most important factors are superior quality and company credibility.

We’ll Meet Your Standards and Provide 100% Satisfaction!

The team at Tribeca Masonry would love to be your hardscape choice when you decide on your next outdoor project! We can check all the boxes listed above. Plus, we have years of experience in all types of masonry work, including patios, pavers, retaining walls, driveways, steps, stone veneers, walkways and more! Call us or get a free quote today!