It may seem simple to pick the right deck contractor. It definitely can be! But there are a lot of steps to consider. After all, a deck is a long term investment that adds to the quality of your home. You want to make sure that your decision is one that you don’t regret. If you’re a new homeowner or an older homeowner that hasn’t updated your deck in a long time, keep reading for tips on how to choose the right deck contractor.
Ask Friends, Family, and Neighbors
If you notice a deck that catches your eye, don’t be afraid to ask around. While reading online reviews of a landscaping company can be helpful, friends and family can give you a personal account of a specific deck contractor. First, you’ll have physical evidence of how their deck looks. Second, they can tell you if the contractor was professional, how long installation took, and the exact price of how much installation cost.
See a friendly looking family outside enjoying their deck? Ask them who installed their deck. You could even make a new friend or two in the process.
Vet The Contractor Online
The internet and Google make life very convenient. If you have a specific material in mind, we recommend you go to that manufacturer’s website. For example, Timbertech and Azek have prequalified contractors whom they recommend in your area. Not only are these contractors approved by the manufacturer but choosing a contractor from their list comes with some major advantages such as extended labor and material warranties. If they are willing to extend their warranty if you use one of their prequalified contractors, you can rest assured that the manufacturer truly believes in the quality of work that contractor will perform. Taking the time to review a product or service on a company’s website and then reading external internet reviews is a great way to make sure you are looking in the right place and getting a high-value return on your investment. Still, nothing compares to having a one-on-one meeting with a contractor. Internet reviews have the possibility of being fabricated. It’s always best to rely on your personal experience.
Interview the Contractor Over the Phone
Before a contractor comes out to your home, you need your most significant questions answered first. Ask the contractor if they’re licensed, explain the vision of your deck, and see if your schedule aligns with the contractor’s availability.
Meet Up With the Contractor
If you feel right about the contractor after speaking on the phone with them, then schedule an assessment of your home. After physically seeing the area site, the contractor can visibly see if their skill set aligns with the project at hand. Meeting face-to-face is also a way to determine the contractor’s likeability and professional. After all, skill is not enough to ensure a job well-done. A contractor should be prompt, professional, and personable.
Landscape Design Services from Carroll Landscaping
Carroll Landscaping has over 30 years of experience with landscape construction, porch construction, deck building, and hardscape installation. Our award-winning landscape designers are passionate about providing customers with top-notch service and landscape design. Our landscape designers have a creative design outlook and work as a team with our installation crews to make your vision a reality. We are committed to providing every customer with the highest quality workmanship, professional and knowledgeable service, and creativity in design in order to surpass our clients’ expectations in every aspect of the project.
We serve residents throughout the beautiful state of Maryland including Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, Eldersburg, Clarksville, Sykesville, Manchester, Westminster, and Woodstock. For more information and to schedule a consultation with one of our expert designers, contact us online or give us a call at 410-922-2416.