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6 Steps to Choosing a Masonry Contractor

6 Steps to Choosing a Masonry Contractor

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March 18, 2010

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 project success!

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 Mason Contractors Association of America offers a certification program for masonry companies. Certification requires completion of approved classes, a comprehensive exam, and continuing education to keep certification up-to-date.
  • 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 recommend?
  • 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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