As you hire a masonry contractor, you’re working with someone who will be doing some brick or stone work on your house be it in the sidewalk, porch, fireplace and so on. There are few things that you need to be mindful about prior to getting their service, especially if this is just your first time working with one. An important thing to take into consideration is that, the mason you want to hire is trained and qualified to work on any materials related for masonry works.
These materials include natural rock, stone, ceramic, concrete brick or terra cotta tiles. Always bear in mind that masonry contractors have different levels of skills and experience and for this, you have to take into consideration doing research to your prospects. This is crucial if you want to have assurance that the one you will be hiring can provide the results you expect from them.
After getting few names of contractors, next thing to do is to contact them to set an appointment of them visiting your house and give you quotation of the work that needs to be done. Once you got the estimate for the project you want them to do, check if they’re certified and if they have a general contractor license. And if they say yes, verify it by asking them to show it to you. If they tell you that it’s in their shop, note it down and go to their office, again for verification.
You have to ask the prospect masonry contractor you like to hire when they are expecting to complete the job. Despite the fact that you can’t get a specific end date in stone due to unforeseen issues like rain or whatever, the contractor must at least provide you with a tentative date of the completion.
Ask the contractor as well if they can give you a list of references of their past customers. You’ve got to ask your masonry contractor if they can provide you 3 names at least and contact info. Once you got the list, call them and inquire if they are happy and satisfied with the work of the mason and on how they would rate their service. You should also ask the contractor if they can provide proof of insurance, what their payment schedule is and to who is in charge for purchasing the materials. You must figure out who’ll be doing the cleanup once the project is done, will they leave the site as is or cleaning is also part of their service?