Masonry home improvements can provide tremendous quality of life benefits and add dollars to your property value. Stone Walls and patios, Cinder Block Walls, Retaining wall require a skilled professional to implement. That’s why it’s important to get a good sense of who you will be working with when hiring a stone masonry contractor. Here are five questions to ask a masonry contractor.
Is the Masonry Contractor State Certified?
At one point, there was a national epidemic of sub-par contractors flooding the market. In an effort to regulate the construction industry, the Georgia General Assembly formed the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors in 2004. As a property owner, it’s in your best interest to work with certified masonry contractors that are subject to oversight. Accreditation tells you the contractor is a professional stone mason, not someone picking up a buck on the side. Similarly, if past customers have lodged complaints about shoddy prior work, the state should have a record. Certification separates the pros from the nos.
Ask for References when Hiring a Stone Masonry Contractor
Nothing speaks louder than calling up a past client or driving by the site of previous work to calculate a contractor’s skill and professionalism. A confident business owner won’t hesitate to list a few references. A sketchy outfit won’t list any. So, when a stonemason is needed, be sure to ask for references.
What is the Cost and Payment Schedule?
Construction contracts generally require a partial payment up front and a schedule of installments. Sometimes it’s another portion of the halfway mark and a final payment upon completion. If the deal weighs more than half in advance, that may be a sign to call someone else. Most agreements are estimates. Therefore, you should also ask about limits on potential cost overruns when hiring a stone masonry contractor.
Hiring a Stone Masonry Contractor To Build your Block Wall in St. George
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