The 5 things to look for when selecting a concreter
1. Communication is key.
Lack of communication and misunderstanding about the scope of the job at hand could lead to wasted materials and unnecessary delays. That’s why it’s essential to choose a Concreter that has experience and will advise you of any issues asap.
Pro Tip: Ask your Concreter what project management tools they use, e.g. Google calendars, regular email updates etc. They should be able to confirm each of the key dates (start date, updates and delivery) before they begin the contract.
Concreting is one area where you really do get what you pay for. No point in going for the best price and ending up with a poor quality product and unreliable workmanship. Quality Concreters won’t badmouth their competitors or give you deflated prices but they’ll be straight with you about what your job requires.
Pro Tip: Check them out online and ask for testimonials from projects like yours.
3. Work force and capability.
Having too many, or too few people showing up on site can be detrimental. An experienced Concreter will confirm how many leading hands are required on site and bring the right team for the job. They’ll be able to foresee problems before they arise and act on any issues quickly if they need to. In other words, they’ll make your life easier and not harder!
Pro Tip: The Concreter will have a crew working full-time with them and won’t be hauling in contractors to make up numbers.
We’ve all heard the horror stories of accidents happening on job sites. Injuries or worse that could have been avoided if someone had spoken up. It’s vital that your Concreter has a great team ethic and a working relationship with an external OH&S to ensure they’re up to date with safety protocols and new legislation.
Pro Tip: Ask your Concreter who’s responsible for OH&S on the job.
5. Project management.
If you’ve ever dealt with ghosting/no show/ “I didn’t know”/ “We can’t get there” excuses from trades, you’ll know how frustrating and disruptive it is! Your Concreter should be able to efficiently manage the entire job. From digging footings and ordering materials, right down to delivery of the final product.
Pro Tip: Ask your Concreter to confirm who’s their project-manager on site.