It doesn’t matter where you live, there’s nothing better than having a backyard deck to help you enjoy the great outdoors and soak up the sun. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a home that came with a gorgeous deck. If this is you, then it’s time to start planning out your dream deck.
The first step in this plan is to find a licensed deck contractor to complete the work. Don’t know where to get started? Read on to learn how to pick a deck contractor!
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Check Their Online Customer Reviews
A great place to start your search for a licensed deck contractor is online. Start by doing a simple search for deck contractors in your area and collecting the names of several contractors. From there, it’s time to do a deep dive into their reputation by sifting through online reviews.
Look on multiple sites, including Yelp! and Google Reviews to get a feel for the trends in their reviews. Be sure to think critically about reviews that seem too good to be true (or too harsh). Don’t panic if they have 100 good reviews and one negative review, but if it’s the reverse, it’s time to move on.
How Much Deck Construction Experience Do They Have?
The next step is to suss out how much experience they have building different types of decks. All you need to do is navigate to their website and look at their About Us section or Contact Us section to get that information. For example, Alaska and Hawaii residents can navigate to Deckmastersak.com to learn more about the experience this contractor has.
Have a particular type of deck in mind? Tailor your questions to this specific type of deck. The more specific your questions, the better an idea you’re going to have of their ability to build your dream deck.
Do They Have a Portfolio?
You know about a contractor’s reviews and their experience, but before you put pen to paper, you want to ask them if they have a portfolio of their work. It’s hard to conceptualize what kind of work a contractor is capable of until you see it firsthand.
Most deck contractors have a portfolio of decks they’ve completed in the past that they’re more than willing to share with potential customers. In fact, they might even have photographs of their work on their website. If you like what you see, then you’ll feel comfortable signing on the dotted line!
Now You’re Ready to Pick a Deck Contractor!
The first step of any home renovation project is picking a contractor to complete the work. Taking the time to learn how to pick a deck contractor ensures that you won’t get stuck with a contractor who fails to live up to your expectations. After you’ve found the perfect contractor, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the great outdoors this spring and summer!
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