Breaking ground on new construction at your Belmont, MA, property can be exciting and stressful all at once. There are many things to consider when you are deciding to install a patio, walkway, or other masonry project. And you’ll probably have quite a few questions about the process as well. Top of mind for most homeowners is how they will keep their property safe during demolition and installation. However, if you ask your landscaper a few essential questions, you’ll have the knowledge you need to move forward with your project, knowing that safety will be a top priority.
Are you licensed and insured?
It may seem obvious that landscapers, masons, and construction companies are properly licensed and insured, but that may not always be the case. It’s important to know if the landscaping company you hire is property licensed and insured for a number of reasons, but most importantly, you want to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Properly licensed and insured contractors will know the standard operating procedures and what precautions to take to ensure minimal damage and incidents while work is being done on your property.
What kind of safety precautions do you take?
Your landscaper will likely use a variety of safety precautions to help keep your property secure while work is being done. They may use a combination of precautionary tools, such as fencing, cones, and post markers to caution signs and safety lighting. Having highly trained staff on the job is another way landscaping companies can help to avoid accidents and injury, as they will be knowledgeable and experienced enough to get the job done safely.
What is your construction schedule?
Another important point to go over with your landscaper is the construction schedule that they will follow. It may be necessary for you and your family to make yourselves scarce during this process to keep out of harms’ way. And you may want to avoid unpleasant construction sounds as well. If you are starting a major construction project, ask if it is possible to time the construction around a vacation to make the process even more pleasant. Knowing exactly when to expect landscapers to arrive and leave is an essential step, so that you always know who should be working on your property and when.
What type of permits will we need?
No matter what type of landscaping project you are having installed at your home, chances are your contractor will have to pull a permit to legally complete the job. This is a typical part of the process that your landscaper will likely roll into the overall plan of your project. Chances are you won’t need to be involved in this process at all, but it’s good to be aware of permits being pulled for your property in the event that something should go awry.
Taking the initiative to ask some essential questions is all a part of starting any major project at your home, and a reliable landscape contractor will be more than happy to answer any of your inquiries. Be sure to ask about all the ways your home and property will be protected during the installation process so you’ll be sure to have an excellent result and peace of mind.