So, you own a home, and now you need to hire a Masonry Contractor for your masonry repairs? Or maybe it’s time to do some updating to make your house a relaxing environment to come home to after a long day at work. Well, you’re going to need a masonry contractor and knowing the right questions to ask will help you determine the best masonry contractor for your project.
Working with the right masonry contractor can save you time, money and energy by knowing your installation or repair project is being taken care of by someone you can trust.
To help you find the right contractor for the job, A and X Masonry complied the top questions you should ask when shopping around for a Masonry contractor.
1. What is your specialty?
Not all masons specialize in working with brick, block, concrete, and stone. Some masons specialize in only certain types of projects while other masons have a variety of experience, and can make specialized cuts and even an artistic side to put various kinds of materials together to create stunning custom masonry designs. The right answer to this question will depend on your type of project.
2. Can you provide references?
In today’s digital age, you can find online reviews for just about any business or contractor. You shouldn’t have any problems finding reviews or testimonials for any reputable contractors. If a particular Masonry contractor doesn’t have any ratings, that could be a red flag. Do your research, and be sure to ask for references from previous clients to determine their satisfaction with the completed work.
3. Who will be managing the project?
This is crucial when choosing a Masonry contactor because sometimes the salesperson or estimator you met with during the estimate process is not the one who will be managing the project. Ask who will be supervising the project and insist on meeting the project manager beforehand so you can get a read on whether or not you’ll feel comfortable working with them.
4. Do you hire subcontractors?
And if so, are the subcontractors trustworthy? Find out how long they’ve been working with the subcontractors and the type of relationship they have with them. It’s also important to find out if they will charge you a percentage for managing the subcontractors.
5.Experienced in mortar color matching?
Have you ever driven by a home that has plain white mortar that doesn’t seem to blend in with the existing mortar? This is because a mason was hired to do the job and left a patch job for a different mason specializing in mortar color match. It is best to only work with one mason so the job is done right the first time so you can avoid hiring other Masonry contractors in the future.
6. Will you match my brick?
Sometimes when you need a brick repair, the specific bricks are no longer available because the manufacturer discontinued production. If your home is older, you’ll most likely need an experienced mason who will take the time to go to different brickyards to find the brick that will best match your existing bricks. In some cases, a skilled mason will even go through a particular painting and dying process to get the right match. Is your Masonry contractor going to go through the process to make sure you get the preferred result? Find the answer to this question before hiring them.
7. Do you have insurance?
A reputable masonry contractor in business will have insurance but it’s always best to be certain before an accident happens and you’re stuck with the bill. Ask for proof of insurance and make sure it is current.
8. Do you use a contract?
Never work with a contractor based on a verbal agreement and a handsake—get it in writing! Be sure the contract includes payment schedules, job start and finish dates, and the scope of the project. All of the specific details need to be accounted for before you let them start the work.
9. Will you clean up after the project is finished?
It’s not fun coming home after a long day of work only to find a messy yard and have to spend the last hours of your day cleaning up the contractor’s mess. Get a clear understanding that the hiring contractor will do a daily clean up, so you don’t run into any surprises.
10. Installation questions?
How is the foundation going to be built? Are you going to install wall ties on my wall? What about the steel angle irons for load bearing support? All of these are important questions related to the durability of the project. Make sure your project is built to last, so you don’t end up having to hire another contractor to fix the work.
11. What do you need from me?
Ask your masonry contractor if they need any information from you. This may include plans, list of desired materials, and photos. Make sure everyone involved knows what is expected of them. If you do this, your project is sure to turn out exactly the way you envisioned it.
When looking for a Masonry Contractor knowing what to ask and what to look for will help you make the right choice as you search for the best masonry contractor to meet your specific needs.
Masonry projects can be expensive, so you want to be sure you are hiring a true professional that will get the job done right, the first time. Contact us today for information or quotes about your next masonry project!