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. If this is only your first time getting their service, then there are a handful of things that you must know before hiring them. 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.
And natural rock, stone, ceramic, concrete brick or terra cotta tiles are only few of these materials. 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 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. When the contractor has finally given you the estimated cost of the project, you should now ask if they have general contractor license and if they’re certified. If yes, ask if they can show you their certification and license for verification. If it’s in the shop however, jot it down and set a schedule to visit their office and check it out.
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. Once you got the list, call them and inquire if they are happy and satisfied with the work of the mason and on how they would rate their service. 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 must figure out who’ll be doing the cleanup once the project is done, will they leave the site as is or cleaning is also part of their service?