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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to build a deck?

The cost of building a new deck or porch is $1,500. However, this price can vary depending on a few different factors. The square footage of the space, the type of materials to be used, the intricacy of the project and your specific region can cause the price to fluctuate. To find out how much your new deck will cost, get free estimates from the best deck contractors near you.

For more information, read “How much does it cost to build a deck or porch?

Does a deck increase home value?

A back deck may (or may not) increase your home’s value or attract potential buyers if you’re looking to sell. According to the Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features, a new wood deck with an estimated construction cost of $10,000 recovered $8,000 for the overall recovery of 80%. Still, 9% of realtors suggested that home sellers should add a new wood deck before putting their home on the market, and 4% said this project has helped closed deals. 

The impact of adding a new deck will likely depend on its material (wood, composite, etc.) and where you live. For example, if you live in an area where people rarely spend time outside because of the weather, it’s reasonable to predict that prospective home buyers might not rate a deck highly on their list of must-haves when looking for a new home.  

When in doubt, consult with your realtor or a real estate expert to figure out if adding a new deck to your home is the right move to increase your home’s value. If it is, contact the best deck contractors near you to get free estimates and start planning your project.  

Who is a carpenter and what do they do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who build things out of wood. Depending on what the carpenter builds, they may be referred to by various names. A framer is a carpenter who puts up the framing on a house. A trim or finish carpenter installs the finishing touches of prefabricated or custom trim and detail work once a house has been built and the walls are up. A furniture maker or woodworker builds furniture — such as tables, beds and dressers — out of wood. A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who builds custom and semi-custom wood cabinets. If you’re having a home built or remodeled, your general contractor will either provide or subcontract the carpentry work for the framing, cabinets and trim. You can hire a carpenter directly to update the trim in your home, build you a piece of custom furniture, or repair or replace your wood cabinets.

What does a finish carpenter charge per hour?

On average, finish carpenters charge $60 per hour. However, this hourly rate will vary depending on where you live, the scope of the project and other factors. For a more accurate estimate, ask for price quotes from at least three finish carpenters in your area.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

What should I ask a deck contractor?

One of the first questions you should ask is whether the contractor has the proper license or insurance. To be a licensed contractor in many states, they must have the experience and knowledge to pass the requirements from your state’s licensing board. 

You should also inquire if they have done work related to your specific project. Just because they’re a contractor, that doesn’t mean they’ve built a deck or an addition like yours. Ask for photographs of decks they've built in the past, and go online to read reviews from past clients.

You also need to ask for a free estimate from several contractors so you know how much the project will cost you (and so you can pay the best price).

Get started today by contacting the best deck contractors near you

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

Does a general contractor need to enter my home?

Provided the project is located inside your home, completing the job would require a general contractor to enter your home. But if your project is located outdoors, a general contractor will likely not need to enter your home. Discuss your options with general contractors in your area before hiring.

Do carpenters build houses?

Carpenters are trained to work with wood. That means that any part of your home that is built of wood is very likely to involve a carpenter. Framing carpenters will put up the wood that makes up the bones of your home. If you’re having a wood floor installed, it may be done by a carpenter — although being a carpenter is not a requirement to install flooring. Trim, baseboards, wainscoting and any other detail work is typically installed by a finish carpenter. The wood boxes of custom cabinets will be built and installed by a carpenter.

Although all of these components in your new or remodeled home are built by carpenters who specialize in building things with wood, a general contractor typically oversees construction of the entire house. If the general contractor is also a carpenter skilled in all these areas, they may well construct your entire home. More often, the general contractor subcontracts out the various building stages to different individuals, including carpenters.

Reviews for Elgin decking professionals
George B.
Sam did a great job on my decks. He kept me informed thru out the process and showed a concern to make my decks looked in spite of the weather conditions he had to deal with. He delivered every thing that was in the contract.
Midwest Detail & PowerwashMidwest Detail & Powerwash
Richard R.
Deck sealed and stained. Project completed in a timely manner using product specified by client.
CWN Advanced PaintingCWN Advanced Painting
Sandy S.
Very polite & courteous. Did a very nice job on painting of the deck. It did rain the night after painting. They will be coming back to touch up some spots from the rain within the week. I’ll let you know if there’s a problem. Besides that, the deck looks beautiful! Thanks guys!!
Painting Brothers Remodeling corpPainting Brothers Remodeling corp
Steve Z.
Thanks for the new deck railing install. Quality work and they are reliable and reasonable, doesn't get much better than that!
Handy Helpers +Handy Helpers +
Greg G.
Jason built a deck with a wheelchair ramp and did an awesome job! This was a unique project since it involved the ramp and Jason did a fantastic job. I would highly recommend him and would not hesitate to call him again. Thanks again Jason!
West End, Ltd Premium Decking ServicesWest End, Ltd Premium Decking Services
Ryan G.
I very highly recommend David and his team at Holiglo if you need deck/balcony work done. When gathering 3 quotes to remove and rebuild the floor of my 36' x 4' upstairs balcony, I was deeply impressed by David's assessment of the work to be done. He pointed out several details that would need to be addressed to bring the balcony up to code and make it safer. None of the other bidders mentioned anything like that. Also, I'm extremely appreciative he was willing to negotiate a fair price, perhaps even generous in order to get the project. Holiglo didn't just rip up the old and drop in the new. The team added a couple dozen metal brackets, reinforced several joists, and were incredibly precise in cutting notches in the floorboards where they met railings and wall cut-outs. I love that when selecting materials, he made certain to only use pet-friendly treated wood. If I have to offer any constructive criticism, it would simply be the cliché of a contractor/builder project timeline ending up taking twice as long as expected. Ultimately, though, I am very pleased with my beautifully rebuilt balcony floor. I am glad the team took their time and made sure every code, safety, and aesthetic issue was resolved, rather than scrambling to meet an arbitrary deadline. Thank you David and your team. I will 100% reach back out to Holiglo when it's time to build a backyard deck out in my yard.
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