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What To Avoid When Selecting A Ready-Mix Concrete Supplier

Marvin McCray | August 5, 2023

In the realm of construction, concrete is a cornerstone. Its quality and consistency can determine the success of a project. Therefore, selecting the right ready-mix concrete supplier is of paramount importance. However, the journey of making the right choice is riddled with potential pitfalls. In this article, we’ll navigate through the common mistakes to avoid during this critical decision-making process.

  1. Overlooking Experience and Track Record

Many might be tempted to opt for the newest player in town, possibly due to competitive pricing. However, experience in the concrete industry matters. Avoid suppliers without a proven track record, as seasoned suppliers bring reliability and expertise to the table.

  1. Ignoring Customer Reviews and Testimonials

In today’s digital age, reviews and testimonials are a gold mine of information. Skipping this step might lead to unexpected surprises. Negative feedback, especially recurring issues mentioned by multiple clients, should raise red flags.

  1. Not Assessing Quality Control Measures

Every ready-mix concrete supplier should prioritize quality. Avoid those who can’t provide details about their quality control measures, testing processes, or certifications. Consistent high-quality concrete is crucial for the longevity and safety of your project.

  1. Neglecting to Discuss Delivery Timelines

Timely delivery is key in construction. Suppliers who can’t guarantee punctual deliveries or fail to provide a clear delivery schedule should be approached with caution. Delays can escalate costs and disrupt project timelines.

  1. Overlooking the Importance of Customer Service

The supplier’s willingness to address concerns, provide clarity, and ensure client satisfaction is vital. Avoid suppliers who seem disinterested, are hard to reach, or don’t prioritize customer service. Communication is crucial in ensuring that your requirements are accurately met.

  1. Failing to Ask About Additional Services

Some suppliers offer additional services like pumping, coloring, or admixtures. Not inquiring about these can mean missing out on services that could be beneficial or even essential for your project.

  1. Not Comparing Prices

While price shouldn’t be the sole determining factor, it’s an essential consideration. Avoiding price comparison can lead to overspending. However, always weigh the cost against the value offered in terms of quality, reliability, and service.

  1. Overlooking Environmental Practices

Sustainability is no longer a mere buzzword; it’s a necessity. Suppliers who don’t prioritize sustainable sourcing or eco-friendly practices might not be the best fit, especially for projects aiming for green certifications.

  1. Not Visiting the Plant

While it might seem time-consuming, visiting the supplier’s plant can provide insights that brochures or discussions can’t. It gives a firsthand view of their operations, maintenance practices, and overall commitment to quality.

  1. Ignoring Contract Terms

It’s essential to understand the terms of service, payment conditions, and any potential hidden charges. Not thoroughly going through the contract can lead to misunderstandings or unexpected costs later on.

Steering Clear of Mistakes

When building, whether it’s a monumental skyscraper or a cozy home, the foundation needs to be robust. And in many ways, selecting the right ready-mix concrete supplier is a part of laying that foundation. By being aware of these common missteps and actively avoiding them, you not only ensure a smoother construction process but also build a relationship with a supplier that can stand the test of time, much like the concrete they deliver.

President of Parker BlockMarvin McCray

DE: Millsboro

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