Concrete can be a do-it-yourself project if recommended concrete practices are followed. Some things to consider are: subgrade preparation, finishing methods, jointing and curing. Concrete is a perishable material so it is imperative that it be placed and finished in a timely manner. Additionally, most concrete producers assess “holding charges” if concrete trucks are held at the delivery location in excess of a predetermined amount of time. Concrete is very heavy so it is recommended that you have adequate assistance and the proper equipment and tools when placing and finishing. Should you decide to hire a concrete contractor, it is recommended that you verify your contractor’s references.