It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away. Between now and then, your schedule is probably packed with decorating, shopping, cooking, and get-togethers with loved ones. As is the case every year, though, the holiday season will fly by faster than Santa’s sleigh.
It won’t be long before we start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and possible home improvement projects. 2019 is the perfect year to finally level those settled, unstable concrete slabs or fix unsightly cracks on the driveway, sidewalk, or patio. The longer you put off concrete dilemmas, the worse they get.
Unfortunately, many homeowners make the mistake of assuming every concrete contractor has their best interest in mind. So how do you avoid being victimized by the next concrete repair scam? Here are a few things worth doing ahead of time:
Get a good quote
We touched on this in “How to Hire a Concrete Leveling Contractor,” but it’s worth mentioning again. You will want to get at least three written estimates, talk to references, and do some additional independent research before deciding on a contractor. In terms of the quote specifically, be sure to ask what work it covers.
If a company fails to provide a written estimate, eliminate them from your list of candidates and move on to the next one. Far too many homeowners are duped by unethical contractors who failed to provide a quote at the outset of the process.
Understand the ins and outs of concrete repair
Concrete cracks and settles for various reasons. While homeowners probably don’t need to understand the complexities of concrete repair, they should at least know the basics. Something else to consider here: a reputable contractor should be able to assess your site and determine what sort of damage you have.
Steer clear of “fly-by-night” contractors
We had a significant amount of flooding in October. Unfortunately, some Austin homeowners have property damage as a result and don’t even realize it. We have already heard stories about scammers going door to door in an effort to drum up business.
Never fall for this nonsense. These “fly-by-night” companies only care about taking your money upfront and doing a shoddy job. It’s even common for these folks to skip town completely once they have your payment information.
When in doubt, opt for a concrete contractor with years of experience in the area.
Your Local Concrete Leveling Team
Sinking concrete can put quite the stress on homeowners. This is where the team at Concrete Leveling Technologies comes into play. As a family owned and operated business, we make it a point to treat every client with the utmost respect.
Our contractors go above and beyond to ensure that your concrete is safe and level for years to come. Whereas our competitors might rely on short-term, “band-aid” approaches such as mudjacking, we take advantage of the most innovative technologies and repair methods in the industry.
We want to wish everyone in Austin a safe and happy holiday season. Get in touch with us today regarding concrete leveling solutions!