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Unfinished Paver Job

If you are one who looks for the best price on every purchase you make, this article should interest you.  I meet a lot of people in my day to day activities.  Lately, I have been meeting many of you who need repair work done to jobs that were completed not too long ago (mostly Paver work).  Looking at these projects, one thing is consistent among all of them (the one that was awarded the job was in a hurry to complete it to rush to the next one).  If you are one of these unfortunate homeowners who thought the price was right so you hired the contractor based on those numbers… I am sorry.  Sincerely… I hate to be the one to tell people that the only way to correct a poor job is to do it over.  A quality paver job begins with the preparation.

This is a crucial step and if it is not done to precision you will see the defects in the final product.  If you plan to park vehicles on it, then you really need to pay close attention to this part of the job.  Concrete Brick Pavers are not very expensive to purchase (its the labor that is the major expense).  When bidding on a paver job, I always keep in mind the time it takes to ensure every step is carefully taken, and I charge for it.  I only do one project at a time, so my focus is only on the project I am working on at that time.  I am not in a rush to jump to the next one, because every project I win is an opportunity to earn the rest of your trust.  When someone bids low to get a job,  the majority of the cost (being the labor) is where you will be saving money.  The problem here is that too many people are doing this so it appears that when you actually get a accurate bid, that one seems quite high (when it is the one that will not have to be redone).

I’ve seen the low bid game played back when I was cutting lawns.  My clients knew what they were getting for what they were paying, so under bidding my work was not easy to do (and still make a profit).  Paver work is very labor intensive and requires skill more than just cutting grass… my point is;  factoring in all that is needed to deliver a quality job, you really get what you pay for here.

People ask me all the time “how much does it cost to pave a driveway?” The answer depends on the amount of square footage and what is required to do it right the first time.  I found a great article on this website (Fixr.com).  They lay it our pretty accurately, but it can vary depending on what is involved…

I tell everyone I meet that if you really want to save money, cut out the waste.  Stop throwing out your hard earned money and your trust to the one with the best price, because its the cost that will always be the real number to consider in the end.

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Comments

  1. Bernard Wright says:

    I would welcome your advice in how to avoid the grass that grows constantly inside my Birds of Paradise
    plants. Is there a product I can buy that would reduce or rid the plant of grass.
    Look forward to your reply.

    • Hi Bernard,

      Unfortunately, this could take a while to correct. You could use a chemical fix, but that couls also stress the plant. There are some products out there that only effect weeds and not plants, but they are expensive and you really need to know what you are doing to use them. Birds of Paradise are hardy plants, but any plant could have an unwanted reaction to chemicals (plants are living material). Pulling grass from between Birds of Paradise isn’t fun, but it may be the safest way to free it from unwanted turf runners.

      The best way to prevent this from happening is to first open a place in the lawn to plant your plants and keep the plant bed edged to keep it from closing back in. Grass should be neatly trimmed and edged weekly or at least bi-weekly during the rainy months to keep the plant beds defined. also spraying the beds regularly with Round up QuickPro is also another thing to consider. This will keep weeds controllable.

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