Article Name: Finding a Deck Contractor
Article Date: 1/12/2011
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Do Research
A new deck is a substantial investment to your home and lifestyle. It is important that you take time to find a deck builder with the experience and know-how to get your job done right. Doing so means talking to a number of contractors, checking references and qualifications, and looking at examples of their previous work. Once you've gathered all this information you're in a much better position to find a deck builder who is going to meet your specific needs and that you'll be comfortable trusting with this significant home improvement.

Shop Multiple Contractors

Generally, it's never a good idea to hire someone without testing the waters first, and deck construction is no different. Contact at least three different contractors to start with, and ask them all the same questions. How much experience do they have? Do they have a list of references? Are they licensed and insured? Also, be sure to have preliminary measurements and materials picked out, and ask for a general estimate from each builder. Even if your deck ends up doubling in size and completely changes in design, you'll have a baseline to compare contractors to when it comes to cost.

Verify References

Don't just ask for references, verify them! One of the most important resources you have to help you find a deck builder you can trust are their past clients. References are equipped with first-hand experience and will be able to tell you how efficient, reliable, and hard working your potential builder is. References will be able to tell you whether they enjoy their deck and how it's holding up, which are the two most important factors when it comes to being happy with deck construction.
 
Price a Consideration
 
A contractor's price is a consideration however don't be fooled by a low bidder. When a contractor's price is extremely low, there is usually a catch. Either the contractor has skipped some vitals steps such as "no insurance" or the contractor is considering using less expensive materials. Bids should be reasonably close by comparison.

By: Staff 

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