7 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Horse Arena Company
1. Hiring an excavator who has little to no experience with arena construction.
Before you start ask for references and what experience your contractor has with horse arenas.
2. Hiring an arena “specialist” who is not familiar with the type of soil and weather conditions in your area.
A great arena in Florida or the Midwest does not mean it will be great in NJ. Weather and soil conditions play a large role in the type of base material needed and drainage systems that are required.
3. Hiring a contractor who is difficult to get in touch with.
If you have a hard time contacting your contractor before you start, how can you expect to meet a schedule and stay on budget?
4. Not getting a firm cost estimate from a contractor.
A firm quote can and should be given prior to the start of construction.
5. Not paying attention to details.
Never assume what has been discussed is part of the contract unless it is in writing. Most contractors stick by their word. However, any questions or details should be in writing prior to the start.
6. Hiring a horse arena company that does not listen and consult with you.
Every customer is unique. The type of riding discipline, the expertise of the rider, the property and location of the arena, and your budget are all unique to you. Barkman Arenas will spend the time with you to ensure that you get the most out of your investment for a lifetime of enjoyment.
7. Hire a company that is willing to return to your arena for maintenance.
Every arena no matter what the footing surface requires routine maintenance. Most of the work will be performed by you or your help. However there will be issues that need to be addressed that are beyond your ability or time constraints. Barkman Arenas will provide maintenance service for you and answer any questions you might have.