It might be time to replace your deck, or you might be building a new one. Whichever one applies to you, you want to ensure that you are hiring the right pro to perform this job. Read about what to look for in a deck company below and begin your hiring process today.
When looking for potential candidates online, one of the first things that you should consider is finding a pro who specializes in decks. A lot of general contractors and carpenters have the skills and tools to build a deck, but over the years, building codes and regulations have changed. While someone other than a deck specialist might know the up-to-date building codes, your best bet is to hire a deck specialist.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a couple of deck specialists, be sure to keep an eye out for these three things:
Credentials are arguably the most important piece of information to look for when you’re hiring any pro. These credentials include licensing to perform the specific task in your area, liability insurance, and workman’s compensation. As well as the ability to obtain any and all building permits required for the job.
Proper licensing ensures that the pro is experienced and has all certifications to perform the job at hand safely and properly. Insurance, both liability and worker’s compensation, ensure that in the event of an accident, your home and the workers are covered. This means that nothing will come out of your home insurance. And finally, the ability to obtain proper building permits not only displays knowledge but also ensures that your deck is being built to code. A good pro will have all of these certifications on hand and will even use them to promote their line of work.
Their credentials should give you a good gauge of their experience. But that’s not the only thing you should look at. Ask your pro to see examples of their past work. This will let you see their style and overall workmanship. Speaking with past clients about their experience is also a great way to learn about their customer service skills. An easy way to do this is by checking out their HomeStars profile to read reviews and browse project photos.
During the hiring phase, things such as visiting your home to see the worksite, giving you multiple options for materials and layouts, as well as working with you to achieve your dream deck are all examples of great experience in the field and working closely with clients.
Building a deck can be a stressful experience. A good pro will work closely with you to ensure everything is running smoothly. Before hiring, you and your potential pro should be discussing numerous factors of the project. These include whether or not they are subcontracting the job out, who will be performing the work on-site, what the work schedule will look like, when the job will start and when it will be completed, and finally a payment plan.
Having these conversations prior to hiring and breaking ground is so important. Being organized will ensure that the project runs smoothly and ultimately creates a better experience for everyone involved.
Hiring a pro for a large job can feel overwhelming. By paying attention to their certifications, experience, and organizational skills, you will find the right pro for your job. Connect with pros in your area today to get started!