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. A very important thing to take into account is that, the mason is qualified and trained in working with various kinds of materials for masonry works.
These materials include natural rock, stone, ceramic, concrete brick or terra cotta tiles. Remember that not all the masonry contractors share the same level of experience or skills so make it a point that you’ve done research on your prospects before getting their service. This is a must to be certain that the one you will be working with can really deliver what you are expecting them to do.
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. 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 yes, ask if they can show you their certification and license for verification. If they say that it’s in their shop, then set aside a time and date when you can visit them.
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.
Another question that you should ask is if they can give any references from past customers. At least 3 names and their contact info as well should be provided to you by the masonry contractor you are talking to. Call them and inquire if they’re satisfied and happy with the work of the mason and to how they’d rate the contractor. As a client, it is your job as well to inquire if the contractor is covered by insurance, what is their payment schedule and to who is the one in charge for purchasing 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.