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Ensuring a Secure Investment in Asphalt Paving Projects

Ensuring a Secure Investment in Asphalt Paving Projects

When undertaking an asphalt paving project, whether for a commercial property or residential driveway, the stakes are high—not just in terms of financial investment, but also in ensuring the longevity and durability of the pavement. A key component of protecting this investment is understanding the importance of meticulous documentation and contractual clarity. This guide outlines some essential steps property owners should take to safeguard their interests and ensure a successful outcome. For samples of contracts and estimates to assist you, just go to the Maisano Bros. Inc. website, or call (203) 239-5405. No charge for that!

Importance of a Clear and Detailed Contract

Details to Include in Your Contract

A comprehensive contract should clearly outline the scope of work, specifying the exact services to be provided, materials used, project timelines, and the total cost. This documentation will serve as your primary legal safeguard, detailing every aspect of the project agreement. The contract should specify whether it is a lump sum or unit price. The contract should include the state registration number of the contractor.


A detailed contract eliminates ambiguity, ensuring both parties have a clear understanding of the project requirements and expectations. It acts as a reference point in case of disputes and helps ensure the project progresses as planned.

Accurate and Comprehensive Project Estimates

Getting Detailed Estimates

It’s crucial to obtain detailed, itemized estimates from potential contractors. These estimates should break down the costs of labor, materials, and any additional expenses that may arise during the project. The estimate should include quantities of each type of work being provided, along with a corresponding unit price for each, and a total contract price. It should state whether the project is lump sum or unit price and whether it is to be field measured on completion to determine actual pay quantities.

Compare Work Included

All paving jobs are not created equal! A legitimate paver will not attempt to just put a fresh layer of asphalt over crumbling pavement but will address the foundation of the project, which is the adequacy of base material and compaction necessary in order to provide a durable pavement that will last for years and years. Weigh that heavily.

Review and Compare Estimates

Property owners should seek at least three estimates to compare and contrast different contractors’ bids. This not only helps in understanding the market rate for the project but also in choosing a bid that offers the best balance of cost, scope, and quality of service.

Verifying Contractor Insurance

Insurance Certificate

Always request a current certificate of insurance from the contractor, which specifically includes your property address and names you as an additional insured. This makes certain that the insurance coverage is tailored to your project.

Comprehensive Coverage

The insurance should cover worker’s compensation, vehicle liability, and broad form general liability, which protects you from claims for property damage and bodily injury related to the project.

Sensible Payment Terms

Avoiding Large Down Payments

Be cautious of contractors who request large down payments before work begins. Standard practice in the industry usually involves a modest initial deposit followed by progress payments that align with the completion of specific project milestones. Reputable contractors rarely request more than 10% at the signing of a contract. Established contractors have accounts with materials suppliers while handymen operating out of the back of a pickup truck will not.

Progress Payments

Structuring payments based on progress ensures that you only pay for work that has been satisfactorily completed, reducing the risk of financial loss if the contractor fails to deliver on their promises.

Preventing Liens

Final Payments and Liens

Ensure that the contractor provides releases of lien from all subcontractors and suppliers before you make the final payment. This is crucial as it prevents any third-party claims against your property for non-payment by the contractor. All work must be completed. Do not rely on a promise to return after your check is cashed!

Release of Lien

Requesting a lien waiver or release upon completion of each payment installment further ensures that there are no outstanding financial obligations that could impact your property.


Investing in an asphalt paving project involves significant financial commitments and expectations. By taking proactive steps such as insisting on a detailed contract, verifying insurance coverage, comparing estimates, and arranging sensible payment terms, you can safeguard your investment and help ensure the project is completed to your satisfaction.

Is your driveway cracked, crumbling, discolored or looks neglected? Call Maisano Bros. Inc.!

Do not hesitate to reach out to qualified professionals and request the necessary documentation and assurances before commencing your asphalt paving project. It’s better to invest time in finding the right contractor than to spend money and effort fixing preventable issues later. Start your search by calling (203) 239-5405 and requesting a free consultation or sample contract & estimate. MaisanoBros – Keep On Paving Since 1967

This overview covers many critical aspects of your project, providing property owners with a clear roadmap to navigate the complexities of hiring a contractor for asphalt paving projects, helping to provide a successful project.

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