Summer is just around the corner — it’s that time of year when the patio gets swept and the grill gets fired up. What’s better than cooking and relaxing on your outdoor deck? The only thing is, you might not actually have that outdoor deck — yet. If you’re in the market for a new deck or want to make some updates to your existing one, you’ll need to find a quality deck specialist. The question is, how do you find one? Are there specific qualities you should be looking for?
Here are 3 telltale signs of that your outdoor deck specialist is the real deal, both in terms of workmanship and service.
1. Consistently good reviews
Given the accessibility of information and social review platforms, there is no excuse not to do thorough research when hiring an outdoor deck specialist. Just as you research restaurants before making a reservation, and read movie reviews before choosing what to watch, you should make use of the extensive information and feedback that exists about outdoor deck builders. When looking at online reviews, take time to read both positive and negative comments. Ten minutes of scrolling through reviews should reveal any trends or patterns in customer experiences, allowing you to confidently choose (or eliminate) an option from your list.
2. Personal recommendations from friends and neighbors
People often have success with finding excellent contractors through personal friends and neighbors. If there’s a deck in your neighborhood that looks well built, ask who built it. You’d be surprised at how happy the contractor will be to receive this recommendation, and a quality contractor will strive to deliver equally good results for you.
Another good tactic is to ask any trusted contractor who has done work on your home before. Renovation contractors, landscape specialists or even carpenters you’ve worked with in the past — these people might have some very useful insights when it comes to finding a good outdoor deck specialist in your area. You might even end up with a discount through your referral.
3. Seek honest, objective advice about your project
At the end of the day, you just want to hire a deck builder who will be honest and objective about the details of your project. This means providing accurate and reliable quotes, accurate time estimates, and a budget that’s spot on. If a deck specialist is telling you something can be done in what seems like an unrealistic amount of time, or for a cost that seems suspiciously low, it’s a good idea to proceed with caution. You want to make sure no corners are being cut — otherwise the overall value of the contract won’t be very high at all.
A spectrum of quality
Just like with any service provider, there is a spectrum of quality and cost when it comes to outdoor deck specialists. By following these tips, you’ll be able to find the right people for the job — and walk away with an amazing outdoor deck for those beautiful summer days and nights.