5 Things To Consider When Hiring A Grading Contractor

Grading is incredibly important for any construction project. You must have a level foundation to build a sound structure.

However, grading also keeps roads smooth and level. Undeveloped roads can become treacherous over time due to traffic and various weather conditions.

Whether you’re looking to build a building, pave a road, or keep a private road drivable, you need to find the best grading contractor. But how do you find the perfect grading contractor to assist you with your project?

Not sure where to begin? We’re here to help. Keep reading for everything you need to know about how to decide.

1. Experience

Grading is a dirty and dangerous job. Therefore, you don’t want an inexperienced contractor working on your project. Yes, every contractor has to start somewhere, but you might feel more comfortable with a professional who has several years of experience under his or her belt. 

A local experienced grading and the excavating contractor will also be familiar with the city coding laws and necessary permits for your project. They will be able to prepare the ground for your project with precision and efficiency. 

2. Availablity

One of the most important things to consider with any project is your timeline. There’s nothing worse in the construction business than being stalled out on a project, especially when you’re waiting on someone else. 

Therefore, when searching for the best grading contractor, ask about their availability. How soon can they come out to your project site and level out the ground for you? If it’s going to take too long, you may need to find someone else.

3. Customer Reviews

In any service-based industry, the best way to find credible service providers is by looking up customer reviews and testimonials. Read about what other people have experienced when hiring local grading contractors. 

Did the grading contractor company show up on time and complete the job in a respectable timeframe? How were their customer service and communication skills? Would the customer recommend them to other people?

If you can, take a look at some of their past projects. This will give you a good idea of their workmanship quality and capabilities.  

4. Insurance and Licensing

When looking for a road or lot grading contractor, ask about their licensing. Grading contractors need a CDL (commercial driver’s license). The company should also carry adequate insurance.

The grading contractor should carry professional liability insurance to cover the costs of repairs if they accidentally damage any property. For example, if they misjudge a turn and wipe out a mailbox or vehicle. 

Employees should be covered with workman’s compensation insurance. If they are injured on the job, this policy will pay for their medical bills and any other expenses they incur. 

5. Pricing

Finally, perform an online search of “grading contractors near me” to find your local options. Contact each one of them to get a quote on your project. Then, compare and contrast pricing to find the best offer. 

However, don’t use price alone to make your decision. A less expensive grading contractor may have less experience, poor customer reviews, or no insurance.  

Need a Grading Contactor?

Do you need a grading contractor for your upcoming project. If so, follow the steps listed above to make sure you get the absolute best professional for your needs. 

We’d like to throw our hat into the ring for your consideration. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate for your project. We’ve been around for over a decade and have built our business on making sure every single one of our customers is completely satisfied.

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