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Old 04-01-2015, 10:27 AM
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I used https://www.facebook.com/StoneCrossConcrete and got a good price. My job involved a smaller slab adjacent to a larger slab and texture/color across both slabs.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:43 PM
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Interestingly, the one who I had to call 3 days in a row told me that widening a driveway was too small a job and that he would have to charge me triple for them to make any money off of the job.... at least he was honest when he told me I would be screwed if I hired his company.... or something...
HCHRM: Please update if you do find someone...we have a similar project...curved swing driveway was built way too narrow...we are trying to widen it somehow, without it looking like it was puzzled together. But, yes, it apparently is a "small job".
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:23 AM
Location: Pipe Creek, TX
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Thanks, Bo. I sent them an email; and we'll see how it pans out. Have had several contractors turn us down due to the small job size.

Update: They emailed back and said they are only doing decorative concrete work at this time.

Got another quote this morning for $2,000.00. Still a bit high as the area is only 100 st. ft.

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Old 04-20-2017, 07:34 AM
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Unfortunately, this seems to be a trend in our line of work. It seems contractors are no longer interested in taking on small repairs. There are a couple of reasons that contractors feel this way and I am going to explain below.( I am a concrete contractor located in Indiana so I will be giving reasons that are prevalent to where I work.)

1. Concrete suppliers have mandatory minimums on loads they send out. Indiana is 4yard minimum anything under that will get you a light load charge between $75-$100

2. When you add up labor, material, light load charges, dump fees if applicable and stone. It becomes hard to give your prospective client a good price for a small repair. Contractors many times feel it is easier to pass on the job than to give somebody a high price for a minimal amount of work and tarnish their name in the community.

My company, however, will be right up front with our client and give them options to get the work done without the high price. These are all options we offer the client.

1. They pay for materials themselves ( light load charge included)
2. Do not use a concrete supplier and instead mix bags of concrete onsite( the labor end of the job will go up but in the end, it is almost a wash)
3. Work as labor only which is very similar to option 1, however it shows that you do care about their project and are looking for a way to assist them. Sometimes helping goes a very long way and the client will always remember and recommend you, providing you do a good job.

Hope this helped
JBH Construction
Indianapolis, IN
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