Learning The “Secrets” of Options

Finding the Right Deck Builder A well-designed deck can be..

Learning The “Secrets” of Options

Finding the Right Deck Builder A well-designed deck can be a welcome addition to your home. providing you outdoor space where you can relax with family or friends. It’s important that any deck installation be done correctly with stable footings and structural supports, as well as efficient egress to and from your house. Of course, one of the first main decisions you’ll have to make is which deck builder to hire. Below are pointers to help you make a smart choice: Referrals and Reviews
The Key Elements of Great Services
If any of your neighbors or friends recently had a deck built, let them tell you about their experience, whether good or bad, and if they’d be happy to recommend the contractor. As for reviews, every builder has nice and not so nice things said about them, but consider the overall vibe the comments are sending.
The Key Elements of Great Services
Candidate Interviews Once you’ve checked out a few prospects, narrow down your list to around two or three. Give each of them a call and ask vital questions. You want to know, for example, how many years they have been in the industry, and if they have a license and can present a copy of it . Note that in some states, a license is not required, so you want to confirm this to be sure. Also know if they will give you a warranty on the workmanship and if they will be taking charge of legal requirements like permits. You should ask as well when they can start, when the project will probably be completed, and if a supervisor will be onsite during the work. Very importantly, ask them for a few client references you can speak to. Project Bids Ask two or three contractors for a written quote, which has to include a detailed list of all materials needed and, separately, the labor cost per hour; landscaping work (if any is required) and whether or not they will do post-project cleanup. Note that unless the specs are exactly the same for all the estimates, you cannot make any valid comparisons. Client References By this time, you should have an idea which contractor should be your first choice. Take time to call references and ask these questions: How do you assess the quality of their work? How professional were they? Did they finish the project on time and on budget? Did they keep to the original budget; if not, how much was the excess? Contract Signing Prior to signing the contract, make sure it includes the following: > deposit, final payment conditions and total price > the cost for any changes to the original plan > the complete project scope > details on securing design approvals and permits, and cleanup > crew ground rules > a statement that says any damage to your property while the project is ongoing, is the responsibility of the contractor