A deck is an important addition for any home. It quickly becomes everyone’s favorite place to unwind and have a good time with friends and family. But all that joy can quickly go away if you get saddled with a poorly built deck that needs constant home deck repair. The surest way to ensure your deck is all fun and little hassle is to hire a good contractor. And we’ve put together some things to note to make sure the contractor you have chosen is the right fit for the job.
1. Licensing and Insurance
The single most important thing to confirm is if your deck contractor has the right licensing and permits to carry out construction in your area. Every state has different building codes and a good contractor will adhere to them to save you any trouble in the future. Insurance is another must-have for every contractor. If the contractor and their crew are insured, it can save you a great deal of trouble in case of any accidents on the building site. For instance, a roof deck installation can be dangerous if someone were to take a tumble off the roof. Insurance can help pay for their treatment and keep you safe from any liability.
2. Turn Around Time
While it is likely that a contractor won’t be able to attend to your calls immediately or ASAP every time, you shouldn’t accept responses that are delayed by a week or even a couple of days. Most professional contractors and construction companies will call you back before closing time on the same day or the next day at the latest. Do give special consideration to your contractor if you call them on the last day of their work week, because they might only call back after their weekend.
3. Project Duration
While it isn’t possible to put a definite date on most construction jobs, your contractor should be able to give you the closest estimate. If your contractor seems unwilling to even provide an estimate, you are better off looking for a new one.
Good construction companies and contractors will always follow-up to check if you are happy with your deck. They will also give you a warranty on the work they have done.
Another important thing to check is if your contractor is open to collaboration. It’s your deck and you should feel comfortable sharing your vision for it. A good contractor will help you with advice on what works and what doesn’t and help you stick to your budget.
6. Payment Terms
Most contractors will ask for part of the payment upfront and the rest on completion. Talk to your contractor about the percentage they need upfront before you decide to go with them. If you are comfortable with what they are asking for, great! If not, check if they are open to negotiate.
7. Past projects
Last but not the least, ask if they can show you some of their previous work. You can Google them to find reviews and pictures too. Looking at past work can give you an idea of their skills and craftsmanship.
How do I find deck contractors near me?
An easy way to find a deck contractor is on Google. But you can always get recommendations from friends and family who live near you.
You can also give us a call or fill out our contact form. We’ll give you a free estimate and help you with any questions you have. We have experienced, licensed and trained contractors who can help you build the deck of your dreams. Get in touch!