How To Choose A Deck Contractor That’s Right For You

How To Choose A Deck Contractor That’s Right For You

Choosing the right deck contractor for the job can be a daunting task. After all, your home, money, and dreams rely on them. Out of the many contractors for deck building in your area, who do who think fits the bill?

Here are some ways to make sure you find the right person to do the job.

Plan Your Deck

Before engaging a professional, you should have a tentative design idea for what you want build, or have modified. You can easily go online and search for the latest deck designs on Instagram and Pinterest. You can also take inspiration from your neighbors, friends, and deck designs across town.

Think about the material you want. Do you fancy a lovely cedar wood-based deck? Or perhaps vinyl, or composites such as wood-plastic? Also think about features such as lighting, built-in seating, and staircases for your outdoor space.

The more you can visualize the finished product, the easier it is to find a contractor that fits your unique needs. If you do not have any creative ideas of your own, you can still talk to your potential contractor and work with them to come up with a gorgeous design.

Referrals and Research

To make your search easier, it is best to ask for recommendations from your trusted friends and family who have recently had their decks made or repaired. Their experience and warnings will steer you in the right direction to find a reliable contractor.

In case you do not find referrals from your network, you can search online for the top deck contractors in your area. You can search on Google or Yelp. You can also look for specific review sites for home services industries. Another idea is to check websites of organization that run associations for builders and contractors. They usually have a list of trusted professionals.

Vet Your Deck Contractor and Ask Questions

Once you have a list of at least 10 potential contractors, you can start vetting them. This means looking through their websites and seeing their portfolio, and reviews for their services on social media. You can then call them to get an understanding of how they work.

Online reviews may be paid, thus inaccurate. You can learn more about them by evaluating how communicative and open they are to answering your questions.

Ask about their price, materials, and whether they will design the deck with you or for you. Ask about their payment methods, and the schedule of work. Most importantly enquire about their licenses and proof of liability insurance.

Invite Them Over and Compare Quotes

You know about different contractors now. It is now time to meet one in person. Make a list of your top three deck contractors. Show them the site and discuss how the project will unfold. This way, the contractor and you will have a clear idea of how to proceed.

Based on your own budget, timeline, how comfortable you are with a certain contractor, and the quotes from all three of them, select one.

Seal the Deal

Make sure to sign a contract citing the material, schedule, price, warranties, and liabilities that you and your deck contractor have agreed upon.

Selecting the right person for the job is easy if you know what you need and can effectively communicate it. It’s equally important to continue  communicating effectively with your deck contractor, until you have a new and beautiful deck!