The time has come to either replace your deck or have one built. You’re hoping to add value to your home and expand your outdoor living space. One of the most cost-effective ways to do that is by adding a deck. There are so many deck builders in the metro Detroit area which can make the seemingly simple task of finding the right deck contractor quite overwhelming. Make it easy by following our tips for choosing the right deck builder for you.
Do a little digging into the type of deck you want, whether composite or wood. Once you decide on the type of material your deck will be made from, do a little research on design. You can find inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram, or Google images. While you’re at it, play detective and check out the project pages of prospective decking companies to see the type of work they’ve done.
Referrals are often the best way to find your deck builder. Ask around, see who your coworkers, friends, and family are using. Leveraging the people you are connected to can help you narrow and shorten your search.
Just by typing the name of a decking company into a search engine, you can pull up current and past reviews. Hit up your social platforms. Ask your network if anyone has had firsthand experience working with your top three or five decking company choices.
Things in reviews to notice are:
- Are the negative reviews just petty or serious problems
- What reviewers are saying about the workers
- Was the company reliable
Meeting with different deck builders is always advisable. These people and their crew are going to be working on your home for a couple of days, minimum. You should have a good feeling about them. Have a conversation to get an idea of the type of person your potential deck builder is. Go with your gut.
Some questions to ask a deck builder during your meeting are:
- How do you handle unforeseen circumstances like schedule changes, weather, stress?
- Do you pull the permits or will I have to? (Tip: a good company will always handle the permits themselves).
- What is the projected timeline for completion?
- Is your crew one you have always worked with or are they subcontractors or freelancers?
- How many decks like mine have you built?
One of the easiest determining factors is cost, along with what’s included within that price. Maybe some deck builders throw in lighting for free, while others will only produce the quoted work. In the end, the estimates you get from various deck builders will help you decide which one to go with.
End your search for a deck builder today. Contact Titan Decks and schedule your free consultation.