Hiring a Mason Contractor
By hiring a masonry contractor, you have someone who will do brick or stone works that you like to install in your house regardless if it’s in the fireplace, porch, etc. 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.
Some of these materials are natural rock, stone, ceramic, concrete brick or terra cotta tiles. Keep in mind that not all masonry contractors have the same level of skill or years of experience so see to it that you have done your research on the one you are planning to hire. This is necessary if you want to be certain that you are working only with those who can deliver the results you’re expecting.
After you are done gathering few names of masons, call them and set an appointment to visit your house and give you a quote of the work that has to be done. Check if they’re certified and if they have general contractor license once you got the estimate for the project you like to do. If they do, ask if they could show you their license as well as certification. 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. Even though you can’t get specific end date in stone because of the unexpected issues similar to rain or whatever, the contractor should provide you with tentative date of completion.
Be sure that the contractor can provide you a list of references of people they have serviced before. Ask your masonry contractor if they could give you at least 3 names as well as contact info of the past customers they have serviced. Call them and inquire if they’re satisfied and happy with the work of the mason and to how they’d rate the contractor. You have to ask the contractor as well if they have insurance, what are their payment schedule and to who is the one in charge for buying the materials. You have to find out who will do the cleanup of the site when the project is done because if they don’t include this on their service, it will cause a bit of inconvenience on your part.