The first step on grounds, towards building any structure is piling. The piling is in the foundation of the structure. The piling helps to reduce the corrosion of the ground and helps to bear the heavy load. When the construction for any building started, the builder usually hires piling contractor to help them in piling and laying off the foundation. The job of screw piling contractors is vital for the project. Not only for bigger projects but an even smaller project like a house or shops, it is also important. Because in many areas, the soil bearing capacity is not the same. Sometimes extra support is needed from the ground for building the smaller structure and there piling is needed. Selecting the piling contractor is not easy because there is no particular scale that you can gauge the expertise of any piling contractor. Nor it is necessary that if one contractor is working in some particular area, will work as good in yours. Because maybe the ground conditions are different. But you can make the calculated decision and for the calculated decision, there are certain tips you can follow;
- Referrals: In terms of piling contractor, it is better to rely on references. Ask your social circle that if they have worked with any piling contractor. Or if you have any friend from the construction industry, they may help you to get some pool of contractor who is expert in piling. But whenever you ask for a reference, it doesn’t mean that if one contractor was good for one project, it might work same for you because, in piling, the situation differs with ground and soil condition.
- Meeting in Person: It is always better to meet top 2-3 contractors from your pool. It will help you to judge their professionalism and knowledge. It is recommended that the meeting should be done at the construction site, where the contractor can also assess the site. Because no contractor will be able to give you any work estimate with seeing the site. If you find contractor competent then visits their site. It will be better if you can visit one of their client sites along with the contractor. It will help you to understand how they work and what equipment they possess. Ask a question to seek more knowledge and what approach the contractor will have for your site.
- Get Quotes: Always gets a quote from top 3 contractors from your pool. Ask them to give a detailed quote with all activities cost, mentioned separately. It will give you clarity about the activities that need to be carried out for piling. You can compare these activities among contractors, to check their rates. It is also a possibility that some activities are not mentioned by any contractor, you can ask why it was left out. Maybe that contractor will enlighten you that this activity is not needed for your job, so it shouldn’t be quoted. Same can be deducted from others quote. Rigorous negotiation and analysis of quotes will help you to save money.