When a professional driveway installer comes to your house for a consultation, you should expect to be able to ask your entire list of questions. Walk outside with them and ask how they will handle various issues on your site. Get at least two, preferably three consultation and estimates.
- Ask for the pros and cons of each type of driveway for your specific site, including maintenance needs in the future and installation cost.
- Ask about site preparation and potential street closures. Will their equipment fit under power lines? Will they contact the proper authorities?
- Ask about drainage, best snow removal practices (will a snowplow blade damage the surface?), and anything else that may come up throughout the year.
- Ask about future repairs. What is covered? What should you expect?
- Ask how long it takes before it is safe to use the driveway once they are finished. The type of driveway determines this. Have a parking plan for the interim.
- Take note of how they respond to your questions. Are you going to be comfortable with this team on your property?
- Ask if the person who you are talking with will be there during the job. Ask how many are on the crew for this job.
- Ask for a written, detailed estimate with a date and a timeline that includes weather delay policy. There should be specified quantities, details on how the driveway will be constructed, costs of preparation, labor, materials, permits, taxes, and how the site will be cleaned up after the job is complete. For example, will a damaged lawn be repaired with seed or with sod?
- Look over all your notes and the estimates and get back to them quickly with a yes or no so the work can be scheduled. If you wait too long, other jobs may be scheduled first.