As we transition into spring, we begin to spend more time outside. Adding a deck to your home can transform your space completely, creating a comfortable and relaxing area to hang out. Building a deck is a complex project that needs to be done right. Read through the steps below on how to hire a deck company so you can begin planning your new deck today.
Have a Plan
Before you begin searching for companies, you should have an idea of what you would like your deck to look like. This includes a rough idea of the size, how many stories, the materials, and any special features you would like to include. It’s not necessary to iron out these ideas completely right away. Going into the hiring process with this already in mind will help you eliminate some companies right off the bat.
Do not stress about this step either, if you have no idea what you want, deck specialists will be able to help you with that. They can assist in choosing material, layout, and size that is appropriate for your home.
Next up is researching companies’ online presence. This can include reading through various HomeStars reviews and looking through pictures of past work. It’s important to not only focus on negative or positive reviews alone. Pay attention to how a company is responding to all ratings. This will give you an overall feel for how the company operates and what to expect in terms of communication and working together.
If you’re having a hard time navigating which companies to start out with, HomeStars is here to help. Simply enter a few details about your project, and HomeStars will connect you with 3 top rated deck pros in your area.
Once you feel confident with your choices, request a quote directly through their HomeStars profile, or give them a call. When comparing quotes, choosing the lowest isn’t always the best choice (even if you’re trying to save money). Low ball quotes can imply cheap work, leading to more costs in the future. Going with the highest quote doesn’t always mean the best work and you could be getting overcharged. It is most common for homeowners to go with a company that is in between quotes.
Based on the quotes you recieved, it’s now time to make a decision on who you want to give your project to. By now, you should know who you feel comfortable with, and who can provide you with the finished product that you want.
Decks are a complex project and require proper and precise work in order to successfully build safely. Ensure that the company you are hiring is certified and is able to obtain all proper building permits.
Once you make a decision, be sure that you work out a contract together with the company. Both parties are involved in this project, so don’t allow the company to dictate any terms alone. The contract should include all aspects of the project, including any costs, the timeline of work, and a payment schedule. Be sure not to pay (in full) for any project in advance and only make a final payment once the project is completed.
Hiring for any home improvement project can be stressful. By following these steps and with the help of HomeStars, you can feel confident in the deck pro you pick. Be sure to hire the right company to complete your project and enjoy your new deck worry free!