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How do you choose a gravel driveway contractor?

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Choose a gravel driveway contractor by considering the qualifications of each one, including if they have proof of insurance, a license to do the work, references and a good reputation.

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Contractors should have current liability insurance that will not lapse for the length of the project. This is to protect both the contractor and the client in case of an injury or damage to property. Contractors should also be currently licensed throughout the entire length of the project in accordance with the city, county and state laws applicable in each jurisdiction. References and reputation of each contractor should be examined, as they demonstrate the quality and customer satisfaction, or lack thereof, of prior services. Whether the contractor consistently finishes projects on time and stays within the quoted price are also commonly found in reviews.

Other considerations when choosing a gravel driveway contractor should include the range of services each offers. The foundation of a driveway must be prepared before the driveway itself can be laid. For this to be properly done, rut and pothole repair should be offered in case these issues arise. The machinery of each contractor should also be reviewed, since properly laying a gravel driveway requires the use of heavy machinery. Contractors who do not use heavy machinery should not be used, since the quality of the job will suffer without it.

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