It’s time. Your aging deck, too-small patio, and outdated outdoor space have got to go. Rotting, sun-damaged wood and stained and cracked patios aren’t the inviting spaces that they can be, so why not start now in planning for your dream update? If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. By taking some simple steps, you can plan your ideal deck, get quotes from multiple contractors, and choose which one suits your vision, your calendar, and your budget. Finding a trusted and well-respected outdoor contractor doesn’t have to be daunting. Do your research and get started on creating your dream!
Finding a decking and patio contractor when you don’t know where to start can cause you understandably to procrastinate.
You can’t know if they’ll meet your expectations unless you ask, so start by researching outdoor contractors in your area. How are their online reviews? Better yet, what do your own neighbors say? Ask around. Look for contractors who have experience, skilled teams, and are licensed and insured, but also look for contractors who have satisfied customers.
Think about the design challenges of your outdoor space. Do you want to replace the exact footprint of your existing deck and patio, or are you ready to expand and re-shape your spaces? If you have your own ideas for doing something different, it’s important to have a contractor who’s willing and able to work with you and your vision. However, sometimes we want something different but can’t put it into words. Finding a contractor who is patient, creative, and has the design expertise to bring your hopes to reality is a true gift. You might want a contracting firm with designers on staff who can implement exactly what you want.
Get at least three estimates and ask each contracting firm what sets them apart. You’ll want a deck builder that you can trust, and that will be able to complete the job in a timely and professional manner. If you’re interested in intricate detail work, gazebos, bridges, or hot tub enclosures, then by all means, find a contractor with the experience that matches your desires. Make sure your contractor knows which materials will hold up the best, whether it’s redwood or new products on the market. Take their advice but remember, you are the one who will live with the final product. Make sure that you and your contractor are on the same page and that they are listening to your concerns.
As with any other home project, set your budget, but remember to be flexible with upgrades that can really pay off in the long run. Sometimes a surprisingly different outdoor living space can go a long way in the resale value of your home, so don’t shoot down good ideas out of fear of going over the budget. The important thing is having a contractor who can meet your expectations but can also offer creative solutions and beautiful designs that meet your short-term and long-term needs.