Are you afraid that you’re going to make the wrong choice in picking out a deck contractor? Don’t let yourself regret a decision you made hastily. With the right information, there’s little chance to make the wrong choice. To get you started, keep these tips in mind to help you make an informed decision.
Make it known to the deck contractor that you expect him to visit the site daily. If the contractor is lax in his visits and does not monitor the site progress daily, you might end up with serious problems with wrong improvement and costly repairs, not to mention time lost.
As a way of promoting customer satisfaction, ensure that the service description is acceptable to customer priorities and also to your own standards. If they are bonded and insured, its wise to make a follow up with the deck maintenance company. To avoid issues of fraud, re-check the references to make sure that they are the same as yours.
Never hire a deck contractor who doesn’t have the proper insurance coverage and bonding. Without the right protection, the financial consequences of a work site accident could come back to you. Don’t take a contractor’s word for it – get their license, insurance and bond information and call the companies to verify that everything is in its right place.
Never use a standard contract with your deck contractor because no two jobs are always the same. Spell out all the details of the job you need to get done in the contract so that the work is completed according to your satisfaction and you do not have to face a problem in the future.
Before you hire them, ask your deck contractor to see their proof of insurance. Insurance is expensive for contractors, and some of them will attempt to cut costs by getting cut-rate insurance, or flat-out avoiding buying it at all. This is unsatisfactory and tells you all you need to know about that contractor. Make sure they have all the legally required insurance they need before you let them anywhere near your project.
An insured deck contractor is always a safer hire. By purchasing bonds, the contractor is able to back up any mistakes that he or she is makes and removes financial liability from them and yourself. When looking for a contractor, make sure that they are bonded or insured.
You can check with the deck contractor if he has any case filed against him by a client before. Even if the answer is yes, don’t consider it as a red flag until you get to know the proper answers. It’s perfectly possible that the contractor may have been sued unfairly and for no direct fault of his own or it may also be because he screwed up the job.
Author: Sally MopThis author has published 8 articles so far.