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Important Questions to Ask a Masonry Contractor
Exterior masonry work can be very attractive when it is done right. With the right contractor, you can achieve a beautiful façade for your outdoor space and therefore increase the value of your home.
However, finding the right contractor isn’t as easy as searching the internet and picking the first name that appears in the search results page. You need to ensure that the contractor is not only skilled but also experienced and professional. The following are some questions you may want to ask them before hiring them for the job:
Are you certified?
Skilled masons are usually certified by the MCAA. You may also find that they hold a general contractor’s license. Check to ensure that they are certified and are therefore trained and skilled at masonry.
Do you know how to cut and lay patterns?
Even if you are not planning to have complex patterns on your property, it is important to determine the skill level of your potential hire. They should be able to cut and lay a variety of patterns using various types of brick or stone.
How long would the project take to complete?
Many projects take much longer than originally thought. You may run into problems along the way. However, it is always a good idea to ask your contractor how long they think they will take on the project. This helps with planning.
What can I do to prepare my home for the work?
This is important. Good prep work will help the job get underway faster and also improve the results of the project. Your contractor should let you know what to do in order to allow them to get right to the main job when they arrive on your property.
Do you have insurance?
It is important to check if the contractor is insured. Anything can go wrong while the project is being carried out on your property. Checking if they have insurance ensures that you won’t be held liable in case of an accident or damage to your property.
Do you have references?
The best way to check if your masonry contractor is reliable and skillful is by checking their previous work. You can do this by checking their references. An honest and reliable contractor will have no problem providing you with references. Any contractor that refuses to do so has something to hide.