Finding the right deck building contractor in Victoria to build a new deck for your home is often even more difficult than the installation process itself. You don’t want to pay more than the job is worth, but you also don’t want to hire the lowest bidder and hold your breath to see what they do with the project. You want to have confidence in your contractor’s ability to do the job well, and that requires you to compare different contractors before you make your selection.
The comparison between each deck building contractor starts the moment you talk to the first contractor about the job. You can get an idea of how confident a contractor feels about your job by the way they listen to you, respond to you, and ask questions of you. Listen closely to the information they give you and the answers they provide to your questions. Make sure it sounds like they know what they are talking about. If you know someone familiar with the construction industry, perhaps ask them to come to the consultation with you.
A contractor should come to your home and look at the site where you want the deck built. They should listen when you describe what you want, and they should give suggestions and alternatives if they think part of your plan won’t work out as you describe it. If you are open to the design or some elements of the deck, they should give you options and ideas to move you toward a more solid plan.
If you feel your deck builder in Victoria BC isn’t listening to you, doesn’t fully understand you, or simply seems unsure of themselves, it is best to look for other contractors in your area. This person should have their own ideas and expertise, but they should also listen to what you want and need. They are there to work with you as a team.
Yes, you are naturally going to compare prices between contractors, but don’t make this the only thing you consider.
Make sure the contractor details the materials to be used as well as a figure for their labor. If a contractor expects you to buy the materials yourself, make sure you compare their labor rates with that of other contractors. You must know what you are paying for before you can compare prices bearing in mind the company’s rates usually reflect their experience, expertise and warranty.
While you will have a budget to consider, the cheapest contractor is not always the best one for the job. Think about their skill level and the time they will devote to the project when you consider each quote. You will also want them to answer the phone again once the job is finished.
A professional contractor should do more than show up and start the installation process. Ask to see client references and photos of similar projects. They should take action to secure the permits needed to complete the project and contact the utility company to ensure underground lines are properly identified and marked. They should know every aspect of their job and inform you of what they need to do in order to complete the project safely. If one contractor is willing and able to handle all of this and another puts that responsibility on you, then that is something to keep in mind when making your final selection.
You can also compare deck-building contractors based on the number of years they have been in business, how many decks they have built, and the style of decks they have built in the past. Someone who is new to the industry or who has only created simple one-level decks may not be suitable for a larger deck with a goldfish pond, ramp and other specialty features.
You want a beautiful, well-built deck that will serve your home for many years to come. Compare contractors closely so that is what you end up with what you want when the project is completed. If you are in the Victoria, BC area, Toolbox Renovations would love to be your contractor of choice.