If you are on the lookout for a retaining wall builder to whip your property into shape, you might be wondering what on earth you should be looking for. After all, this isn’t an everyday project and it’s unlikely that you’ve employed this sort of builder before. Whilst we suggest asking around family and friends for recommendations, we understand that this can be problematic if you don’t know anyone who has built a wall. Hopefully, these tips will help you out.
How long has the company been in business? Whilst there is nothing nefarious about a fledgling company, you can rest assured that one who has been around for a while offers a quality service (otherwise they would have gone out of business a long time ago). How long have the builders been doing this? In some cases, they will have more experience than the years that the company has been operating!
- Licences & Insurance
It’s important that your chosen builder has the appropriate licences and insurances, as this will ensure you are covered should something go wrong (both during and after construction). The two kinds of coverage that you should definitely be on the lookout for are indemnity and public liability insurance. If the company isn’t properly licensed or insured, you will be held responsible for anything that happens.
Does the retaining wall builder have their own equipment or do they have to hire it on a case-by-case basis? Whilst there is nothing wrong with the latter, owning equipment does suggest that the company is in a fairly good financial position. The exception to this is when specialty equipment is required for your particular project (such as a rock breaker, an auger or a bobcat) – they will need to hire these in.
- Warranties & Guarantees
Determine what sorts of warranties and guarantees are offered on the retaining wall, as this will provide you with peace of mind should something go wrong down the track. When asking about the warranty, ensure that you ask about one for workmanship as well as for the materials and products in question. You should get everything in writing and file it away for future reference (just in case).
What sorts of materials does the builder use? If you’re set on using natural stone in gabion baskets, for example, don’t hire someone who specialises in timber sleepers. It’s also a good idea to determine whether you will be expected to source the materials or whether they can handle this for you. Whilst we’re sure that you want to select the rock you ultimately use, it can be helpful if they arrange it.
We hope that the information provided above has enabled you to choose a quality retaining wall builder to tackle your project. If you don’t know anyone who has employed one of these builders in the past, the best advice that we can offer is to scroll through the websites of local companies. When you’ve found a couple that you think look alright, give them a call and speak with them about your project. Your gut will tell you everything else you need to know.