• Attend home or tradeshows to meet contractors.
• Ask for references. A reputable company will be happy to provide you with a list of previous customers. Don’t be afraid to contact them or even ask to look at the work completed.
• Find out if the contractor is a member of an association like the National Association of The Remodeling Industry (NARI). A company belonging to such an organization shows commitment to professionalism.
• Consider reputation, years of service and services provided, as well as cost. Remember, the cheapest bid is not always the best.
• Be wary of a contractor asking you to pay for the entire job upfront. A reputable contractor won’t do business that way. However, some contractors may ask for a small percentage upfront to help with the cost of materials.
• Be sure contractors are properly licensed, insured and bonded and determine if they’ll pull required permits. If you build a deck without proper permits, you may be required to tear the entire deck down and start over.
• Review warranty coverage. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions.
If you have any questions about deck contractors, you can always get help from your BBB, such as a list of BBB Accredited contractors and business reviews on ones you’re considering. Also, be sure to click the trust button on business reviews of companies you trust and work with. For more information, visit www.bbb.org or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.