You’re planning your next outdoor project, hiring a company to complete the project can be stressful. You want to choose a company that’s right for you. We often strictly rely on reviews to put our trust in a company which can lead to negative experiences. We’re going to go over some questions you'll want to consider asking the companies you bring in for a consultation. Asking the right questions can help save hassle and headaches down the road and help you make the right decision by choosing a company that’s right for you.
Here are some questions to consider asking the contractors to help with your decision.
What Deck Experience Does Your Company Have?
Asking this question will give you a better idea of the background the contractor has in the deck industry. If a company has no experience in a service, there’s a better chance for things to go wrong or issues to arise.
Are You Insured?
Insurance is an important part of any business. Liability insurance helps cover not only the business, but the properties they work on. If something goes wrong, insurance will help cover the costs to make it right. WCB will make sure the business’ employees are covered in the event they get injured while working on a property.
Is Work Covered by a Warranty?
Does the business cover their work? If something goes wrong from a defect, you want to ensure your contractor will make things right and fix the issue for you so it doesn’t cost more down the road.
When Will the Work Begin and Finish?
The contractor should be able to give a rough start date. Sure rain and weather can slow down the projects their on before hand but a rough start date should be manageable. They should also know approximately how long the project will take. If the time frame is long, they may be bouncing from job to job leaving things unfinished.
Will Anyone Else be Working With You?
There are contractors who don’t complete the work themselves, instead they hire the work out to another company. This may not be a bad things as the company they hire may do great work; however, this may lead to communication issues or delays.
Do You Have References?
A proper business that’s been around for a while will have the references to back up their work.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
If a company is just starting, you’ll know. They wont have the systems in place to provide the same level of service as a company that has been around for a while. Although new companies may be hungry to get the job done, they may not have the experience to ensure a smooth process.
Will There be a Supervisor on Site?
Having a supervisor or crew lead on site will ensure the project goes smoothly with less issues. This will also give you access to them for questions. They’ll be able to direct you to the right answer.
Will This Deck Require a Permit?
A deck company should know when a permit is required, if they don’t get a build permit that was required, this can lead to issues down the road including fees, inspections or rebuilding a portion or all of the deck.
Who Takes Care of the Permit?
As homeowners, we don’t have time to design a deck to code. The company should help with this process with full design and permitting.
What Forms of Payment do you Accept?
If you want to pay with credit card, the company may not accept this form of payment. This will save surprises down the road. If you want to finance the project, most companies don’t offer this service, you may want to find a company that can help with a financing option.
What Decking Options do You Provide?
If you’re looking for a pvc deck and the company only offers wood decks, you’ll want to keep looking for someone with the experience and knowledge of a pvc deck build.
Other Things to Look For
A Companies Systems
You can often separate companies by the systems they have in place while you’re dealing with them. Do they have a professional logo and business appearance? Estimating system? A professional website with a lot of information? Do they go above and beyond trying to help answer questions?
Price - Cheaper is Almost Never Better
Getting the project completed for a third less than the next guy sounds amazing, often times the lower estimates are the result of an inexperienced contractor. They may not have a legitimate business with the overhead required to run a proper business. They may have forgotten to include something in the price and will come back halfway through the project to ask for more money. They may be using low quality materials or skipping steps just to get the job. As contractors we all have different overhead, some will be cheaper than others, a significant price discrepancy will more often than not, be a mistake or issue on the contractor with the lower price.
Asking these questions can help you make a good decision and save frustration and stress. They’ll ensure you hire a company that’s right for you.
Work with an Experienced Deck Contractor in Winnipeg. We’re here to help through the entire process to ensure you get the deck you want; built right so it will last years.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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