How to Hire a Deck or Patio Contractor
So, you’ve decided to get that new deck or patio you’ve been dreaming of. And, you’ve decided to outsource its construction.
Where do you go to find the best deck or patio contractor, and how do you know which one to choose? In this article, we’re offering up some quick advice on selecting the right contractor for the job so that you get the deck you want, built on-time and at a cost you can afford.
First: Search for Specialists
A lot of home improvement contractors are considered ‘generalists’, meaning they don’t necessarily specialize in building decks or patios. Other contractors only do exterior remodeling, including expert construction of decks and patios. These latter contractors are the ones you want, as their level of expertise is much higher when compared to contractor generalists.
Any exterior remodeling contractor should be able to give you examples of deck or patio projects they’ve completed in the past. So, don’t be shy about asking for proof of prior successes, including before and after pictures, if possible.
Second: Ask for References
Speaking of past projects…be sure to ask any contractor you’re considering hiring for at least two references. They should be able to provide these quickly and without any hesitation. If the contractor gives an excuse for why they cannot provide these references, then politely thank them for their time and continue your search elsewhere.
The reason references are so important is because they include information not just about how well the contractor did their job, but they also give you an idea of how the deck or patio has performed over time. It’s for this reason that you should call on references that are just a little bit older, so you can see if the deck or patio in question has stood the test of time.
Third: Get Your Project Quoted in Writing
Having a new deck or patio built is a big deal, and it’s almost always a significant expense. To help keep the contractor accountable for what they say they’ll do, be sure to obtain a quote for your new deck or patio build, in writing. Doing so will help to insulate yourself from the nuisance of unexpected price increases as the project starts. No one wants that!
By implementing the tips outlined here, you’ll be well on your way to relaxing on that gorgeous new deck or patio. Good luck, and be sure to come back and tell us how your project went after it’s completed!