What You Should Know When Hiring a Decking Contractor
After scrimping and saving for months or even years for the deck you’ve always wanted, you’re probably anxious to get started. A new, beautiful deck can increase your home’s property value, help the house sell quicker when it’s on the market, and give you and your family another place to create fun and cherished memories. It’s understandable that you want to get your deck installed pronto. But not so fast – hiring the wrong decking contractor can ruin your plans and your finances. It’s crucial that you understand how to hire a reputable decking contractor for your project. What do you need to look for? We’ll explain below.
Is the company licensed and insured?
This is probably one of the most important things you need to find out from your potential hire. It’s also pretty easy to find out. All contractor business licenses are a matter of public record, and a decking contractor will be able to show you a certificate of insurance. But that’s not all. Find out if their insurance is per project, or if the policy covers every job they do. A million dollar insurance policy may sound huge. But if you’ve got a big decking project or multiple deck projects, a mistake can eat up that million dollars fast. Tread carefully here.
Does the contractor use reputable brands?
Check out which decking materials and brands they use. Some brands may not be very durable or high quality. It’s also possible that the materials and brands your prospective contractor uses won’t meet your specific building needs. It’s important to do your research on the brands and materials you want and make sure the contractor you hire has them and is experienced working with them.
Does the contractor have excellent references and a good reputation?
It’s the age of the internet, and it’s more difficult for people to hide a negative reputation. There are tons of third-party review sites where you can see if a contractor has good reviews. A pattern of negative behavior or poor quality work will turn up online if you do your due diligence. Also, check the contractor’s references. That can also tell you if your project is a good fit for the contractor.
Do they have samples of their work?
Seeing previous work samples is an excellent way to determine if a contractor has the experience necessary to give you the deck you want. This can also let you know if the contractor is as experienced as they say they are.
Will they be using subcontractors?
Find out if they will be using subcontractors for your project before you begin. This will give you time to conduct any necessary background checks on subcontractors.
Will the decking contractor secure any permits?
Contractors are usually familiar with building codes and permit requirements. But it’s still a good idea to research which permits you will need, if any at all, and confirm with your contractor if they will secure the permits.
What are the payment terms?
You don’t want any surprises once you’ve hired your contractor and they’ve started work. Make sure you get the payment terms in writing beforehand and find what installments you will need to make and when.
Hiring an experienced decking contractor for your project will ensure that you get the deck of your dreams for a price you can afford. At Charlotte Decks and Porches, we’re committed to serving our valued clients with honest communication and the utmost quality the home construction business. Contact us today and see how we can transform your boring outdoor space into a beautiful deck.