Questions To Ask a Deck Contractor
When you’re hiring a contractor to build your deck, I am in agreement with the standard industry advice to get at least three estimates. This will help to ensure you are getting a fair price, and also to find someone that you feel comfortable working with.
While I agree that a good deck installer should have a strong list of references, and knowledge about all of the different products that are available on the market today, I will often warn homeowners to not be too quick to hire the grizzled veteran over the young up-and-comer. While there are certainly many seasoned deck builders out there who are more than up to the challenge, don’t let years of experience trump promising vision and talent. Give each an equal shot. I would rather hire someone who is passionate about what they do, young or old, than someone who may have lost their zeal along the way.
During the “all important” discussion phase, this is where you will discover if your potential builder has a design eye, or whether he or she is more gifted as a quality technician—which means quality builder that doesn’t necessarily have the potential for creative flair. As a designer and a builder, I don’t see the point in creating something in that backyard space that doesn’t invoke a positive emotional response that will draw you outside rather than answer 25 emails.
People’s interests vary, as do their intentions for how they want to enjoy their new backyard oasis. Some of my clients are all about entertaining guests, and will need more emphasis put on seating and bar areas, whereas others are more concerned about having a relaxing hot tub or a large eating area. Finding out about a person’s interests and needs plays a huge roll in coming up with the perfect outdoor living space.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you overlook necessary elements like liability insurance and written warranties, but if I was about to invest a significant amount of money into my home, I would want someone doing it who had more than ten or fifteen minutes to sit down and discuss it with me. That is a good test of whether he or she is someone who takes a project to heart, or someone who is just going through the motions.
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