By hiring a masonry contractor, you have someone who will do brick or stone works that you like to install in your house regardless if it’s in the fireplace, porch, etc. If this is only your first time getting their service, then there are a handful of things that you must know before hiring them. One very important thing that you must be aware of is, the mason should have the training and qualifications in working with different types of materials used for masonry works.
And natural rock, stone, ceramic, concrete brick or terra cotta tiles are only few of these materials. Always bear in mind that masonry contractors have different levels of skills and experience and for this, you have to take into consideration doing research to your prospects. 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. Check if they’re certified and if they have general contractor license once you got the estimate for the project you like to do. And if they say yes, verify it by asking them to show it to you. 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.
Ask the contractor as well if they can give you a list of references of their 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 should also ask the contractor if they can provide proof of insurance, what their payment schedule is and to who is in charge for purchasing 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.