A masonry contractor is someone who does brick or stone work into your house regardless if it is in the sidewalk, fireplace, porch and so forth. 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.
Some of these materials are natural rock, stone, ceramic, concrete brick or terra cotta tiles. 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. 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. And if they say yes, verify it by asking them to show it to you. If they tell you that it’s in their shop, note it down and go to their office, again for verification.
You need to ask your prospective masonry contractor you want to hire when they expect 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. You’ve got to ask your masonry contractor if they can provide you 3 names at least and contact info. After getting the list, you should now call them and make inquiries if they are ever happy or satisfied with the mason’s work and 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 have to find out who will do the cleanup of the site when the project is done because if they don’t include this on their service, it will cause a bit of inconvenience on your part.