Picture it? Sitting outside as the sunsets with your favorite drink in one hand and not a care in the world in the other. What would make this even better? All this on your own private deck! Adding a deck not only adds useful space, but it can also add resale value if you plan to move in the future. Before you decide to run out and hire the nearest guy with a hammer- consider these things first.
Don’t hire your friend to build your deck. A deck project isn’t for the faint of heart and needs to be structurally sound and up to code. We know YouTube is great for many things, but don’t ask a friend to watch a few clips and then help you build a deck. Hire a pro as they know the county codes and can keep you from pulling your hair out.
Consider These Things Before that Deck Addition
Make sure your pro deck builder is actually a pro deck builder. Just as other contractors need the correct licensing to perform work so will your deck builder contractor. Make sure to ask them if you can see their license and insurance. If they give you push back, make sure you think twice before moving forward.
Pipe up and ask for recommendations. See a deck you pass by every day and absolutely love? Don’t hesitate to knock on their door and ask who performed the project. Not only will you get a good direction, but you will also be able to ask them how their construction project went first hand! Not a fan of door-to-door referrals? Ask co-workers and friends who had their decks done who they went with. They can save you tons of time and can probably give you better insight on what to expect.
Found a contractor you like? Make sure to ask any and all questions you might have. Nothing is worse than getting halfway through the build and finding out that they never pulled the permits because they thought you did. Make sure to ask questions like, “Do you warranty your work?” or “When can you start the project and how long do you think it will take to complete?”
Adding a Deck Can Be Awesome with the Right Contractor
Review their reviews. That’s right, make sure you look them up on all the major review sites such as Yelp and Houzz. You can read from other customer’s good (or bad) experiences and be able to get a feel for what you might be getting into.
Lastly, get it in writing. Fly-by-night construction companies will avoid this at all cost. A contract keeps everyone honest so that you won’t be asking for more than agreed on and the contractor won’t dip out after they received payment. Make sure their warranty is stated in the contract as well as who is responsible for any damage to the property or house.
A deck can be an amazing addition to a backyard and can easily be a pain-free experience if you take the right steps and precautions before you start the work.