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 just your first time enlisting the service of one, there are few things that you need to inquire prior to 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.
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.
Assuming that you got the names of masons, your next course of action is to contact them and set a meeting in your house so by that, they can inspect it personally and give you a quotation. Once you got the estimate for the project you want them to do, check if they’re certified and if they have a general contractor license. 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.
It is a must that you ask the masonry contractor that you want to hire to when they expect the job will be done. Despite the fact that you can’t get a specific end date in stone due to unforeseen issues like rain or whatever, the contractor must at least provide you with a tentative date of the completion.
Ask the contractor as well if they can give you a list of references of their past customers. You’ve got to ask your masonry contractor if they can provide you 3 names at least and contact info. 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. You have to ask the contractor as well if they have insurance, what are their payment schedule and to who is the one in charge for buying 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?