How to Hire a Contractor to Build a Private Road
Updated: Jan 15, 2019
You’ve built your new home and moved the furniture in. You have a brand new address and the U.S. Post Office is even delivering the mail!
Now you’re ready to have friends over. Except there is only one problem: The road to your home is nothing but dirt, rocks, tree limbs and ravines. You even have to park your own car on the road so you don’t tear up the transmission.
Indian Jones wouldn’t even drive on it!
The bottom line: You need to build a road into your home.
Now, the chances are, if you just built a brand new house, the contractor should have a decent road to it. Truckloads of lumber, drywall,concrete, and your beautiful stone counter tops were brought in by way of your road. The plumber, electrician and inspectors needed to get on site too. However if the old cow path used all this time isn’t suitable for your sedan, maybe it is time to build a new road.
The old cow path used all these years isn’t suitable for your sedan. It’s probably not that far, either. It may even be less than a mile, as many personal roads are these days.
So, before you Google “road building contractors”, you will need to do some homework. Here are Seven Tips on Hiring a Road Building Contractor:
1. Look for a Specialty Private Road Building Contractor: You need to hire a contractor who builds private roads. They need to specialize in constructing them though can also do other types of contracting work.
2. Find out how long they have been in business: You need to find an experienced contractor who has built a number of roads. It may be risky to hire a contractor who is new in the business. They need to have a reputation that you can check out from numerous sources.
3. Ask around: Contact neighbors, friends and business associates and see if they can recommend anyone. A referral from a peer can go a long way. They can also show you what they did and tell you about the experience.
4. Online reviews: Check Yelp, Home Advisor, Angies List, BBB, Houzz, Porch and other credible sites for reviews. These websites will give you a no-holds-barred review for the whole world to see. Additionally, Google their company name along with terms like “scam”, “rip-off”, “fly-by-night” or “complaints.”
5. Check for licenses: Road building contractors are required to be licensed and bonded in Virginia. Consult the local building department or consumer protection agency. Make sure the contractor’s license is current. Also, the contractor, if they are credible and honest, should gladly volunteer that information to you.
6. Ask questions: Once you have found a road building contractor, be sure to ask them very important questions such as: How many projects have you done over the last twelve months? Does my project require a permit? What insurance do you carry? Do you have a list of referrals?
7. Subcontractors: Get a list of subcontractors that will be working with them on the project and look them up. Don’t take for granted that the contractor has good people working for them. This is a big project and you want the best people working on it.
Now, that you have done your homework, interviewed the road building contractor and set a date for the start of the project, you can make sure you agree on the price and how that will be paid (installments, credit card, half up front, etc.). Also, get an idea of when they will finish it.
Building a road to your home can be a stressful project but the time you spend researching and hiring the right road building contractor is worth it. You only want to build one road. Do it right the first time.
Williams Loader Service builds new roads. We have been in business over forty years and have reviews and testimonials of many satisfied clients. We can build your road efficiently and to your complete satisfaction. Contact us at (434) 589-3759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.