Hiring A Deck Contractor
Hiring a deck contractor can be an uneasy situation when the finished product is of poor quality or the time of actual production is lasting a lot longer than expected. There are a couple of common steps that must be followed when hiring a deck contractor, which will help minimize any future headaches. Have a plan in mind about how you would like your deck designed and which material you are planning to have it made with.
When hiring a deck contractor the first question to ask is whether the contractor has liability insurance and workmen compensation. Research on the better business bureau website, most reliable decking contractors register with the BBB and have a record of any serious complaints from previous customers. Ask the contractor what their damage policy, whether there are any fragile or potential damage areas around the production site. Pay close attention to the body language of the contractor when discussing damage control, they will react the same way when the situation actually occurs.
It is no secret that hiring a deck contractor with actual work history experience is a safer bet, so ask for their work history. A contractor who has a very good relationship with previous customers will only be to happy to dish out information, some contractors carry previous customer testimonials which is a good sign of professionalism.
A deck estimate must contain two highly detailed sections before any work begins. The first is a detailed description of the material being used. Make sure that the product being used is the product you agreed on having your deck made. Without a good discussion on product the contractor can decide on the most cost effective materials out there and you will find you have made a short term investment.
The second part of the estimate is to make sure there is a detailed section regarding the warranty. This includes the labour warranty which is actually the most important. After the completion of your deck use it often for the first few weeks, look for minor errors or faults with the construction. Be reasonable, but it is good to get the issue of using your warranty early rather than later when the natural elements can be used to dissolve any previous promise.
Never pay the full cost of a new deck up front. General practise in the home renovation business is between thirty to fifty percent up front mostly for materials, with a mid and then final payment on completion. Ask for a definitive price in the estimate and sign off with no unexpected costs popping up during the production process of your deck. Get three estimates so that you can compare apples with apples. Make sure that the three estimates are in correlation when it comes to the material being offered. Remember the cheapest estimate is not always the best, ask the more expensive contractor why their price is higher than their counterpart and you may be surprised.
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