Home Improvement 101: How to Choose a Paving Company for Your Driveway

A new driveway would certainly be nice wouldn’t it? Instead of driving up a gravel driveway, wouldn’t you love to pull into a nicely paved one? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as picking up the phone and calling the first paving company listed in the phone book. Well, you could do this, but you shouldn’t. The truth is some paving companies are better than others. Here are a few tips to follow to help you choose a paving company for your driveway.

Research Prices

It’s pays to be knowledgeable about the cost of paving a driveway before you start calling in the professionals. If you live in a big city, it will be easy to find prices by searching online. However, if you live in a smaller city, you may have to do a bit more work by calling friends who have had their driveways done. Either way, this will help you create a budget.

Set a Budget

With all big purchases, you need to have a budget in mind. Without a budget, you may go crazy and be lured in by all the extra features the company is trying to sell you. Once you know a rough estimate of how much it will cost to pave your driveway, make a budget and stick to it.

Talk to Your Neighbors

If you want to get the best reviews, talk to neighbors who had their driveways done. Ask how much the company charged, how long it took, whether or not the workers were professional, etc. It’s one thing to read reviews online, but getting a review straight from the horse’s mouth is always better.

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Get Quotes

Once you have a few companies in mind, you can request that they come to your home and give you a quote. It’s important to know exactly what you want before they arrive. If you like, you might even place stakes around the area to be paved. This will make their job quick and easy and ensures they don’t try to talk you into a larger driveway.

Consider the Time Frame

When getting quotes, you also need to get a time frame. The job shouldn’t take over a week to complete and you will want a company that isn’t too backed up on orders. You’ll also want to get the length of the job written into a contract so that you aren’t stuck with an unusable driveway for several weeks.

A paved driveway is not only much nicer than gravel, but it will also greatly increase your home’s value. However, you need to consider how much it will cost and who’s best for the job before shelling out your hard earned money.

About the Author: Alvaro Stitzer just had a gorgeous driveway put down by some of the best Temecula pavers in the area. He can’t wait to start plans for his patio this summer!

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