8 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Excavator
1. Hire a professional with experience.
Owning a hammer doesn’t make you a carpenter. Do not assume that anyone with a backhoe is an excavator. Look for someone with experience and professional service that will make educated decisions to get the job done right.
2. Cheaper is not always better.
If the job is not done correctly the first time it may cost you more money in the long run.
3. Hiring an excavator with limited experience.
Before you start ask for references and what experience your contractor has with similar projects as yours.
4. Hiring an “specialist” to remediate your water problems.
Too often experts only see the solution to a problem that fits in their scope of work. Better and cheeper solutions may be available. Consult with more than one contractor prior if something does not feel right.
5. Hiring a contractor who is difficult to get in touch with.
If you have a hard time contacting your contractor before you start, how can you expect to meet a schedule and stay on budget?
6. Not getting a firm cost estimate from a contractor.
A firm quote can and should be given prior to the start of construction.
7. Not paying attention to details.
Never assume what has been discussed is part of the contract unless it is in writing. Most contractors stick by their word. However, any questions or details should be in writing prior to the start.
8. Hiring an excavator that doesn’t listen or consult with you.
Every customer is unique. The type of project, the property topography, and your budget are all unique to you. Toby Barkman Excavating will spend the time with you to ensure that you get the most out of your investment for a lifetime of enjoyment.