A: Absolutely you should! 411DeckPro has come up with a list of 10 vital questions to ask a deck contractor before hiring him/her.
1. How many years have you been building decks, and what is the breadth of your experience as a deck contractor?
Experience and years in the deck construction business do matter, especially if you are planning to construct a complex, multilevel, polygonal-shaped deck. Though, even if your dream deck is quite simple, it is still essential to hire a professional with superior carpentry skills.
2. Are you licensed, bonded, certified, and insured?
It is important to work with a deck contractor who has the right certifications, so make sure that your prospective deck contractor has the requisite building licenses and is registered. Along with these certifications, your deck contractor should also have insurance that covers employee injury on the job
site as well as other accidents and damages that may occur during deck construction.
3. Do you have a warranty policy covering deck construction?
If your prospective deck contractor has a warranty policy, get a copy of it for your records. Most deck contractors cover deck damage that is tied to deck construction. Read through their policy to determine exactly what is and what is not covered.
4. As a deck contractor, can I rely upon you to acquire building permits?
Most deck builders do handle the acquisition of all necessary building permits. However, if placing full responsibility on the deck builder, remember to get a copy of these permits as this paperwork is vital in adhering to local and state building codes and in home sales.
5. Do you have a list of references whom I can contact?
If your deck contractor supplies you with a reference contact list, ask these references about their overall experience in working with the deck contractor. Was the building process smooth and unencumbered by construction interruptions? Did the prospective deck contractor complete the deck on time? Did the deck builder remain within the deck construction budget? Two more important questions to ask references are: how satisfied are you with the work completed by this deck contractor, and would you recommend them to anyone else?
6. Can you share a portfolio of your past deck work?
Browsing through past deck projects completed by a prospective deck builder is an essential part of the hiring process. It gives you a chance to see their best work. A deck contractor's portfolio also illustrates their experience level. Furthermore, if you have not yet selected a deck design or decking materials, looking through a prospective deck contractor's portfolio may inspire some ideas for your dream
7. Can I visit a current work site?
Examining past work alongside current deck construction projects is another helpful way to hire the right deck builder. If your deck contractor allows you to visit a current deck construction site, such a visit will give you the opportunity to observe the daily work schedule and the friendliness of the
8. Could you please provide a work estimate?
The work estimate should not only quote labor costs and material prices, but should also detail the estimated date of completion.
9. What kind of payment schedules do you offer for your deck construction services?
Understanding a deck builder's payment schedule is vital, as it provides everyone with a clear calendar of due dates for payment installments
10. What is your experience in working with my deck plan, my home's architecture, and my home's location?
Now is the time to get specific, especially if you have selected a deck design. Discussing deck plans with a deck contractor is useful especially if deck plans must be changed due to a home's architecture or local building codes. A professional and experienced deck contractor can assist in developing a new plan that works with all deck construction projects constraints.