Dredging is an enormous undertaking, and it's important to get it done right the first time. This means working with a reputable dredging company: but how do you know if you found the right one? Here are six things to look for:
With some dredging projects, there may be more than one option for getting it done. Each option will have its pros and cons, and each option will come at a different cost. One option might be better than another based on the precise results you are hoping to achieve. A reputable dredging company will do some digging (no pun intended) to thoroughly understand your unique project and then present you with all the options, costs, and pros and cons.
Dredging is a highly regulated industry. The environmental consequences of doing a sloppy dredging job can be enormous. Not only can a botched job lead to environmental damage, but it will also cost an enormous amount in overrun and cleanup costs. A reputable company doesn't just do things because the government mandates them: they genuinely care about preserving the environment and protecting you from unnecessary costs.
A reputable dredging company will have a good track record and be happy to let you view it. They will have information on previous clients and projects. You'll be able to contact references; and you always should. Look into the work they've done in the past, the techniques they've used, and check how often their projects have had cost overruns. This can give you an idea of how the company handles it when something unexpected comes up.
Dredging is a technically demanding business, and the cheapest bidder isn't going to be the best option if they don't have the right expertise and will only cost you more in overruns or cleanup later.
As with any profession, dredging comes with its own specific terminology and industry-speak. You shouldn't be expected to know all this, and a reputable dredging company will never bury what they're really trying to say under a slew of clichés. Look for a company that is truthful, straightforward, and has that old-fashioned "my word is my bond" mentality.
We've all worked with companies in various industries whose sole and only purpose is to make money. That's not always so terrible if the only way for them to make money is to provide excellent, high-quality service. But we have also all worked with companies that offered something more; companies that obviously had values beyond the dollar.
Look for a dredging and excavation company that cares about your business as well as their own and has values you can get on board with. Not only will you be on the same page when it comes to your project, but it will make the whole process of working together that much easier.
The best companies of any sort are those who are interested in more than just the one job. The reputable company wants to build business relationships and even friendships with clients so that everyone can move forward together. If you get the feeling that your dredging company doesn't care about you beyond the project at hand, they might not be the best fit for you or the most reputable company out there.
For your next project, contact UNITED DREDGING, a family-owned dredging and excavation company with the reputation you're looking for. At United Dredging, we bring years of experience and expertise to your project, a genuine concern for you and the environment, and the desire to build long-term relationships with our clients.
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