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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 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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a general contractor when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a general contractor, avoid any physical contact, don’t shake hands, keep 6 feet of distance between you and the pro and sanitize all involved surfaces. Also, use digital platforms to communicate and make 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.

Reviews for Hoffman Estates decking professionals
Ming-Sen W.
Joe did a fine job staining our deck. He is very detail-oriented and took care of some difficult parts of the deck that were not stained before. Joe is a nice gentleman and is transparent with us about the costs. We would be happy to hire him for another job again.
Bald Coyote Trading and Mercantile
Andrea T.
I submitted a request for a deck re-staining and repair on Monday (7/18) and Genc from Kroi Construction responded shortly afterwards (same day) asking was I available for him and his team to come by and provide an estimate. The estimate was pretty reasonable ($850) therefore the next day Genc and his colleague came by and did the power washing, then after a day break, today (7/21) they came by and applied the stain, as well as re-attached one of the doors back to the deck. Overall they did a good job and my deck looks much better. Also appreciated the suggestion from them to use a different brand of stain due to lasting longer. I definitely would recommend them to anyone who has a need for deck repair/re-staining.
KROI Construction & DesignKROI Construction & Design
Thumbtack Customer
Did a very good job of power washing and staining the deck-reason I am holding back 2 stars is because of the lack of follow-up- a few spots were missed on the deck while staining and some stain on the siding has to be cleaned up- it's been a couple of months and still waiting for a follow up appointment after repeated attempts to get in touch.....
WWIG Inc.WWIG Inc.
Dave B.
Dave did a great job staining our deck. He is very personable and showed up on time every day until the job was completed. I would highly recommend his company to do your project.
Quality Home ImprovementsQuality Home Improvements
Lora M.
We had our deck power washed and refinished. I love the color options, the finish turned out really nice and Andrew responded to questions or problems in a timely manner and corrected any issue we had.
Elite RenovationElite Renovation
Katie B.
Great experience working with Johnny and his crew with our deck. They new exactly what needed to happen for the job and did all the shopping/delivery for me. Fair prices and direct communication. Would hire again for other projects on our property.
Total Home Care Handyman ServicesTotal Home Care Handyman Services
Herbert S.
Midwest Detail & Powerwash was hired to power-wash and apply solid stain over an entire large cider-wood deck, a pergola and privacy screen previously stained. Midwest Detail & Powerwash recommended 2 coats of solid stain would be needed. After several delays in starting the work due to adverse weather, they managed finally to complete the project. The workers were friendly, but the quality of the work was less than desirable. Certain areas such as top of the pergola appeared to have had one coat applied. I had emailed Sam for resolution but he responded negatively and wanted additionally payment to apply an additional coat of solid stain on top of pergola. The top railing of the privacy screen was not coated; for this Sam agreed to correct.
Midwest Detail & PowerwashMidwest Detail & Powerwash
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