If you need to hire a contractor to do tuckpointing work these questions will help you decide if who's qualified to work on your home or business.
Not everyone has the time or skill to do tuckpointing work on their own. Fortunately, there are plenty of contractors out there who are both willing and capable of doing the job for you. Trouble is, not all contractors are created equal.
If you’re not careful about who you hire, you could wind up with damaged masonry, shoddy brickwork, a fistful of regrets, and an empty wallet. Here are a few important questions to help you decide who's qualified to handle your tuckpointing work and prevent that from happening.
Important Questions To Ask A Tuckpointing Contractor before you hire them.
What certifications do you hold? Does your contractor know what the MCAA is? Do they hold a general contractor’s license? A tuckpointing contractor who’s unlicensed is probably one you don’t want to allow anywhere near your brickwork.
Do you have proof of insurance? What happens if your contractor messes something up? What happens if they cause damage to the property, or an injury occurs during work? You don’t want to foot the bill for stuff like that, so before you allow work to begin, you need to demand to see proof of insurance.
What sort of payment schedule do you work to? This is a pretty basic question, but one you should get out of the way sooner rather than later. Usually, most contractors will work on a system where they take half their payment when work begins, then the rest after they’ve finished. Be extremely wary of anyone who demands a full payment upfront.
Do you have experience working with tuckpointing? Again, this is a basic question you should ask every contractor. While it’s certainly true that someone could easily lie on this one, asking this question with context from the others can help you distinguish the professionals from the shysters.
May I see some client references? Any contractor worth their salt will have a set of client references to show you. If they don’t - or they refuse to put you in touch with any of their previous clients - it means they’re either completely new or their clients don’t have anything positive to say. Either way, they’re probably someone you should avoid.
How should I prepare my property for your work? This one’s more a general housekeeping matter - preparing for the work beforehand will help it go more smoothly.
Who is responsible for material costs? Self-explanatory. Some contractors will handle material cost for you - those are generally the ones you should work with.
When do you expect to complete the work? Usually, a good contractor won’t give an exact deadline. They’ll give a general timeframe.
Will you clean up after the project is finished? Most contractors should respond with an immediate ‘yes’ to this one. If they don't, you'll probably want to contact someone else.
If you're not satisfied with the responses you've gotten from other contractors, call Bald Eagle for a quote today .