Blog / 5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Hardscape Contractor

Hardscaping is a big undertaking. It requires both customer and contractor to be on the same page regarding project vision, budget, and timeline. That’s why there are some important questions to ask before hiring a hardscape contractor.

Before signing on the dotted line, ask a prospective hardscape contractor the following questions to make sure your job gets done right, on time, and within your budget.

What are a realistic start and end date for the project?

It’s not unusual for good hardscape contractors to be booked up for weeks in advance. So don’t choose one simply because they say they can get started on it tomorrow. In fact, if their schedule is loaded with clients, that’s often a good sign of a well-recommended contractor.

Do you have insurance?

Hiring a lower cost contractor often comes with risks. If there is an injury to the contractor, their equipment, or your property during the course of their work, you may be liable for the damages. You may have to pay a little bit more for a reputable contractor, but you’ll do so with greater peace of mind.

How much will it cost?

For many people, this is the most important question. Follow up by asking if the quote is guaranteed or if there is any room or reason for the increase.

Is a permit needed?

It’s not uncommon for pools, decks, and covered structures to require a permit to build. Ask the contractor if they have done projects in your neighborhood or town before and if any permits or permission was required. If you have an HOA, you should always follow up with them.

What is your vision for this project?

A good hardscape contractor is not just a contractor — they’re a designer. Before going into too much detail about your own ideas, show the contractor the space and ask what they envision. This is not only a good way to “kick the tires,” but you also might like their idea even better than your own.

Ask Redwood Land Design

If you have questions about your next hardscape project, ask the experts at Redwood Land Design. We are the preferred hardscape contractor in Raleigh, specializing in landscape design and installation, hardscaping, and outdoor living and patio installation.

Contact us today about your project, and together we can turn your vision into a reality.