The 7 Deadly Sins of Deck Building: #3 Lust

Choosing the right contractor can make or break the entire deck building process.
Choosing the right contractor can make or break the entire deck building process.

So you’ve been contemplating a new deck for a while. You’ve chosen the materials and the basic design, but now it’s time to choose the right contractor. This is the most crucial part of the deck building process. Your desire for your new deck can cloud your sense of good judgement, If this begins to happen, step back from the situation and remember theses things before you trust someone with your new deck and your money.\

Know What You Want to do

Don’t hire a contractor before you know what you want to do. Having a solid plan will allow you and your contractor to start off on the right foot.

Ask Around

Ask for references from your neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Chances are you know someone who has used a contractor for a home project. They will be able to tell you who’s good, who’s bad, and who you should go to.

Once you’ve found someone make a few phone calls. Call up the contractor’s suppliers to see if they have a history of paying their bills on time. Ask the contractor themselves for references. If they are reluctant to supply you with references, take this as a red flag.

Do a Background Check

Ask your contractor for their insurance and licensing information, but don’t rely on this alone as a green light. Contact the providers yourself and ensure everything is up to date. Remember, if the contractor you hire gets injured on the job, or one of his workers do, you can be held liable if his insurance and licensing isn’t valid.

Sign a Contract

This protects you and your contractor. It outlines the work and the payments so you know exactly what you’re receiving and they know when they will receive their payment(s).

Make a down payment.

Putting down a third for a down payment is normal. This allows the contractor to purchase the necessary materials for the job. Never ever pay for the entire job upfront! You can even go as far as holding 10% until the job is completed exactly how you want.

If you keep this list in mind before you choose a contractor, you’ll avoid a lot of headaches and potential issues. Don’t lust after a new deck– plan for it with!

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