Considering adding a deck to your home? Ask your candidate the following questions to ensure you hire the right pro for the job:
Questions about the builder:
☐ How long have you been building decks? Make sure your pro has experience constructing decks similar to yours. Smaller, single-level decks don’t require a master builder. But larger, multi-story designs will require a skilled and experienced pro.
☐ Are you licensed and insured? The proper paperwork will safeguard your home and your pro in the event of an accident or faulty build.
☐ Do you have any references? Always ask to speak to past clients before you hire a pro. Most trustworthy professionals are happy to provide a list of references. Avoid hiring a pro who hesitates or refuses to share his references or examples of past work.
Here are a few questions to ask your pro’s references:
- Were you happy with your deck?
- Was the deck completed on time?
- Were there any unexpected expenses?
- Would you use this deck builder again?
- Would you recommend this deck contractor?
Questions about the builder’s work:
☐ Do you offer material warranties? It’s nice to have a backup in case of an emergency. Ask your pro about material warranties for your project. If he doesn’t offer a warranty, inquire about other guarantees.
☐ Will this deck require a permit? Always ask about permits before you begin construction. Your pro should know about any licenses your project will require.
☐ How long will this job take? Don’t expect an exact completion date before you’ve hired your pro. But most pros can provide a rough estimate based on the layout of your home and your deck’s design.