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.

Like this article?

Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on Linkdin
Share on pinterest
Share on Pinterest

Leave a comment

Recent News, Articles, and Projects

concrete sidewalk

Sidewalk Maintenance: When to Repair or Replace Concrete

Does your concrete sidewalk need to be repaired or replaced? If you’re not sure, you’re about to find out. What follows is a complete guide that we’ve written to answer this very question. In it, you’ll find many examples of common types of concrete damage and other sidewalk issues. This includes various types of cracks,

Read More »
commercial

How Long Does it Take to Excavate a Commercial Site?

Did you know there are nearly 6 million commercial buildings in the US? The numbers continue to grow as new businesses are started.  Behind every building is an excavation story most do not initially think about.  While a commercial building can be around for years, it’s only a matter of time until it’s a good idea

Read More »
types of excavation

8 Most Common Types of Excavation

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, reducing hazards while excavating and trenching is a priority. No matter what types of excavation you may need, understanding the differences can do more than save you money. In some cases, it can keep workers safe. So, what is excavation, and how do you know the differences? Contractors today

Read More »
soil

Benefits of Site Soil Remediation and Stabilization

The Environmental Protection Agency handles roughly one million facilities dealing with contaminated land. Many of these areas carry their pollution literally beneath the surface. Neglecting the soil in a construction project can come with big costs. Contaminated land can cause health problems among project participants and community members. It also leads to more difficult or complex fixes

Read More »
infrastructure

Methods of Estimating Transport Infrastructure Needs

Having the right transport infrastructure in place is key to the growth of any community. After all, how will people get around without basic infrastructure? Developers need to work out cost estimates at an early stage of a transport project. They must determine whether a project is viable, meet regulations, and secure financing. But it

Read More »
tips

5 Key Tips for an Infrastructure Project

With the recent Infrastructure Bill engrossing the social consciousness, all eyes are on what the future of infrastructure in this country will be like. If you are involved in creating infrastructure, you could use some solid tips to ensure that your next endeavor goes swimmingly. Infrastructure projects are complicated undertakings.  The more you can plan

Read More »
mistake

Common Excavation Problems & How to Avoid Mistakes

Are you in the early stages of a building project? Are you planning to transform a piece of land for your business or renovate a corner of your city? Many people don’t realize that you need to do some excavation work before you can start building. The excavation process includes everything from clearing away rocks,

Read More »

Helpful Links

9921 Holtwick Lane, Saint Ann, Missouri 63074