If you are new to an area, finding a deck contractor may be tough. Use the list of tips to lookup a dependable one.
If your deck contractor has other team members, find out if he will actually be there himself every day. The more people a deck contractor has working for him, the greater the possibility that he will bounce around between work sites while his crew does the job. It is advisable that you chose a deck contractor that will be there himself for the majority of the time.
It is very important to ensure that they sign a written contract with details about what is to be done and the duration that it will take. Inspect the work site over and over again each single day so that the deck contractor knows how’s to keep the work area clean, upbeat attitude and not forgetting to maintain professionalism. Find out from the reference given the possibility of re-hirement of the deck contractor.
At no time should you engage the deck contractor in an argument. Any time you feel this is going to happen, you have to leave the construction site immediately. Wait until you have calmed down and then ask for a meeting to resolve your issue together calmly.
Another clause that should be accepted by any deck contractor is the retention of 10% of the total amount that is due to be paid to him. This is a good way to make sure that your project is not left unfinished. The 10% retention can be released after the final completion and handing over of the job.
Even though a necessity, calling on references is not enough. You should ask the deck contractor to take you to one of his ongoing jobsites. Go over his site with a critical eye and see how clean and tidy the site and the workers are. Granted that a worksite is generally messy, but it should not look like a blast site.
Make them convince you why they are best suited for your project. Relate their answer with your aesthetic demands and requirement of quality workmanship. Request them to be punctual and that tardiness will not be tolerated. Make sure that this is also mentioned in the contract.
In your bid to hire a deck contractor you will come by a lot of information regarding the kind of project you want to undertake. At most times, this information is complex to breakdown and that is not very necessary to you, the boss, as it will be sorted out by the deck contractor you intend to hire. It is his work and it is the reason you are hiring him for.
Do what you can to keep the deck contractor happy when working on your project. This will give them more motivation to get better results. Once the deck contractor and workers see you are courteous and respectful they will be more inclined to reciprocate by doing their job quickly and correctly.
Author: Bob MillaThis author has published 7 articles so far.