How Do I Go About Finding a Good Deck Builder?
As you begin thinking about adding an outdoor space to your home, it’s important to find a qualified builder to construct your deck for you. Our suggestions for finding a qualified deck builder begin with talking to family, friends, and neighbors about contractors who have done work for them. You could also ask staff at your local home improvement store if they have suggestions of potential contractors in your area or contact a local building office or commission for referrals. If those options don’t pan out, do a simple Google search for deck contractors near your location. This will at least provide a list of potential builders.
Ideally you should choose a handful of contractors to invite to your location to discuss your project in depth. Clearly explain to them what you want, including all details you have in mind (size, materials, placement, etc). Obtain estimates from these contractors to have comparables in your search.
Before hiring any contractor, check to verify that he/she has a registered (official, legitimate) business license, carries proper insurance including liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Be sure that, when you do decide on a contractor to hire, that they obtain proper building permits. This will ensure local building codes are being properly followed.
Once you narrow down your list of potential contractors, be sure to have them provide references for similar projects so that you can talk to customers who have previously hired them. Asking references if they would hire the contractor again is a very telling way to gauge whether this is a contractor with which you want to do business.
The overarching theme here is to do your homework. Make sure to research contractors or companies before you hire them to do work on your home. A few minutes of initial research can save you time and money in the long run.