6 Steps to Choosing a Masonry Contractor
If you have concrete, brick, stucco, or stone anywhere in or
around your home, you might eventually need to hire a masonry
contractor for repairs and renovations. But where should your
search begin? These tips can help you get started on the road to
Choosing a Masonry Contractor
Many homeowners make the mistake of choosing a masonry
contractor based on a low bid for their project. Before you
start accepting those bids, check out the contractors and create a
short list of those you might like working on your property. Here
are a few tips on narrowing the search:
- Educate yourself. Learn everything
you can about the requirements of your project. Start by exploring
online forums, renovation and building sites, and other interesting
tidbits that show up in a search engine. The more you know about
your project, the better prepared you are to hire the appropriate
contractor to handle the job.
- Ask around. You can find a wealth
of information from those who have dealt with the same home repair
and improvement projects. Ask coworkers, friends, and family about
their experiences. Approach your neighbors and ask about that great
retaining wall they just had built, or the recent repairs on their
stone wall. If they are happy with the job, put their contractor on
your short list.
- Check for certification. The
Association of America offers a certification program for
masonry companies. Certification requires completion of approved
classes, a comprehensive exam, and continuing education to keep
- Reputation matters! Check out
masonry companies with the Better Business Bureau.
Look online for reviews, but keep in mind that anonymous reviews
should be taken with a grain of salt. Speak to vendors or supply
stores about the people you are considering; who would they
- Meet face-to-face. Invite each
masonry contractor on your short list to come out and look at the
project. Are they enthusiastic about handling the job? Do they try
to pressure you into expanding the project? Do you get a good
feeling about them and their abilities?
- Ask for bids. If you are impressed
with a masonry contractor, ask for their bid on the project. Try to
get at least three bids for the work, then compare them. Remember
that the lowest is not always the best. Compare warranties,
guarantees, and other factors that might make one contractor rise
above the rest.
Get that masonry work done right the first time by hiring a
certified, experienced masonry contractor. You'll be glad you took
the time to get the best!
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near
Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair
and renovation have become her hobbies.
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