A well-designed deck can be a welcome addition to your home. providing you outdoor space where you can relax with family or friends. It’s vital for any deck installation project to be done the right way – that is, with sturdy footings and structural supports, along with efficient egress to and from the house.
Of course, one of the first main decisions you’ll have to make is which deck builder to hire. Here are tips to help you make a wise choice:
Recommendations and Reviews
What Do You Know About Decks
If you have friends or neighbors who recently had a deck built, ask how their experience was with their experience, and if they would recommend the same to you. As for reviews, every builder has nice and not so nice things said about them, but consider the overall vibe the comments are sending.
Lessons Learned from Years with Options
After finding a few prospects, trim your list down to about two or three options. Call them each to ask a few essential questions. For instance, you want to know since when they have been in the business, and whether they have a license and can show you a copy of it. Remember that licensing may or may not be required in your state, so just check to be sure. Also know if they will give you a warranty on the workmanship and if they will be taking charge of legal requirements like permits. You should ask as well when they can start, when the project will probably be completed, and if a supervisor will be onsite during the work. Very importantly, ask them for a few client references you can speak to.
Ask two or three builders for a written estimate, and this should include details on materials to be used separated from the labor cost (should be hourly); any necessary landscaping work; and if they will cleanup the area after the project wraps up. Note that comparisons are only valid when estimates are made on exactly the same specifications.
By this time, you should have an idea which contractor should be your first choice. Spend time calling references and asking important questions, such as:
Did you like the results?
How professional were they?
Did they finish the project on time and on budget?
Did you end up spending more than the original budget, what percent was the excess?
Before signing the contract, make sure it contains the following:
> required deposit, final payment terms and total price
> the cost of any plan changes
> the complete project scope
> details on securing design approvals and permits, and cleanup
> ground rules for the working team
> a statement that says any damage to your property while the project is ongoing, is the responsibility of the contractor