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 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.
And natural rock, stone, ceramic, concrete brick or terra cotta tiles are only few of these materials. 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 they do, ask if they could show you their license as well as certification. 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.
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. 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?