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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is the best waterproof flooring for a basement?

There are several great options for waterproof basement flooring. For example, epoxy floors are waterproof but are thicker and sturdier than paint. Make sure the concrete substrate has been prepared for application. 

Tile is a designer’s dream, giving you a moisture-resistant surface that’s infinitely customizable. Rubber sheets or tiles are also good waterproof options, particularly for playrooms, workout areas or laundry rooms. 

Vinyl tiles and planks imitate wood or other materials very convincingly, provide moisture resistance and last a long time. And sheet vinyl is affordable and a great waterproofing solution for those in need of quick fixes.

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.

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.

How can I find out if a general contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a general contractor is considered essential in your area during the current coronavirus pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website, which will have information on essential services.

Find information on national recommendations by visiting CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

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 Ashburn basement professionals
Brian B.
We hired Endeavor to do our basement remodel project back in November 2019. Yobany and crew did a good job! There was some hiccups along the way, but is to be expected with construction projects. Yobany took care of all my concerns. I would hire again. He meet all my expectations and came in within my budget.
Endeavor Design & BuildEndeavor Design & Build
Jessika N.
We hired CCH construction to finish a part of our basement. We got some of our deck planks replaced. The project was phenomenal! We appreciated how responsive they were with communicating quotes, times, and work details. I had a general idea of what I wanted but they gave great recommendations for the specifics such as electric work, flooring options, and aesthetically pleasing covers for our wiring and electrical box. Very professional, hard working, and considerate crew. As an added bonus, the project was completed ahead of schedule. Would recommend them for a variety of services. Will use them again!
CCH construction LLCCCH construction LLC
Wendy M.
I needed a 400 sq ft room finished in my basement and contacted four different contractors, and received several no shows and outrageous estimates. Finally I contacted Pocardix, and Oscar came out the same day and gave me an amazing estimate with a reasonable timeline. I immediately hired them and they completed the room in 7 days to include installing insulation/dry wall, building 2 closets, laying floors and completing electrical work. I am so happy I hired Pocardix and will use them for ALL my future home renovations. I highly recommend them to anyone in the DMV area! Oscar and his team are honest, reliable, punctual and a group of highly skilled contractors.
Pocardix Renovations LLCPocardix Renovations LLC
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