You can Google Driveway Concrete Contractors in Dayton Ohio and you'll be presented with no less than 30 or 40 choices! Homeadvisor headlines: "25 Best Concrete Contractors". Yellow Pages pushes: "Best 30 Concrete Contractors in Dayton Ohio". Angies' List advertises "The 10 Best Concrete Contractors" (then the 7 best and the 23 best!).
So how the do you make an informed choice?
It really is getting more and more difficult to know who is legitimate and who is not. Let's be honest, we all like good reviews but even that isn't a good standard. Businesses solicit reviews from their best customers. It's far from an unbiased assessment but it may make you "feel" like you're making the right decision.
Beyond what you'll see on the web pages, one of the best ways to determine the legitimacy of any company who is doing work on your property is to simply ask this question:
"Are you insured and bonded?"
A company that skips this step is putting YOU at risk they minute they step onto your property. None of those great reviews on the web are going to protect you if the contractor you're dealing with is shaving costs. Bonding protects you in the case where the contractor fails to complete a job, ignores local permits or fails to meet other financial obligations (such as paying for supplies, other subcontractors, or covering damage or injury that could happen while on your premise).