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.
Some of these materials are natural rock, stone, ceramic, concrete brick or terra cotta tiles. 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 necessary if you want to be certain that you are working only with those who can deliver the results you’re expecting.
After you are done gathering few names of masons, call them and set an appointment to visit your house and give you a quote of the work that has 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. And if they say yes, verify it by asking them to show it to you. 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. While it is hard to get a specific time of completion for the stone because of unexpected events, still the contractor should give you a rough figure of when they can complete it.
Another question that you should ask is if they can give any references from past customers. 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. 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. Masonry works is sometimes messy so you got to clarify who will be doing the cleanup service once the contractor is done working on the site; because if they don’t include this on their service, then most likely it is you who have to do it.