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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’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.

How do you find a good carpenter?

To find a good carpenter near you, do the following:

  • Use Thumbtack to find a list of carpenters in your area.
  • Filter the list by selecting a specific carpentry service, such as general carpentry or cabinetry. 
  • Identify carpenters who have high ratings.
  • View the carpenters’ profiles and learn more about their specialties. 
  • Read their customer reviews and look at photos of their past work.

After you get a good sense of their quality of work, make sure the carpenter has the necessary credentials in your state. Then, request several cost estimates for your project(s).

Reviews for Apple Valley decking professionals
Janet T.
Travis powered wash and stained my deck. A very responsible young man. My deck looks great!
Travis Halonen PaintingTravis Halonen Painting
Nick H.
Love the deck, super responsive and started and finished early.
Iron River Construction LLCIron River Construction LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel and his crew did a very nice job on our deck!
Equity Direct Realty LLCEquity Direct Realty LLC
Brian M.
Carl did a great job staining our deck - prompt, professional and responsive.
Carl's Interior PaintingCarl's Interior Painting
Paul And Dena G.
Jeremy and his crew were able to complete our deck staining project extremely quickly with a very narrow window given for a timeframe. Great service, cleaned our deck and picked up all of the old stained chunks. Would use again!
Prescott Custom Finishes, LLCPrescott Custom Finishes, LLC
Terri C.
Ken & his crew redecked my multi level deck in cedar. He was professional, friendly $ had great suggestions for special finishes to make my deck look beautiful. I really appreciate his attention to detail and impeccable work! He had me inspect the deck when finished to make sure I was completely satisfied. I will definitely call him for future projects and highly recommend Drake Mallard! Thanks Ken!
Drake mallard Inc.Drake mallard Inc.
John C.
I contracted with WD Home Repairs to repair and stain my small deck. The bid was fair and the work quality excellent. Donald did exactly what he promised when he promised and was available at all times for questions at all times. The deck looks great.
WD Home RepairsWD Home Repairs
Fred M.
Very thorough staining job, also helped clear off, and put back, the deck furniture.
East Metro Deck StainingEast Metro Deck Staining
Matthew W.
Justin did an outstanding job with the deck. We will definitely be using him again for other projects.
CJ Bernard LLCCJ Bernard LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Joe was prompt in responding, gave an honest and reasonable bid. Repaired deck in a timely and well done job.
Newsom Design BuildNewsom Design Build
Mea C.
Doug did a fantastic job on my ramp. He was diligent and created a fabulous addition to my deck. Thanks Doug!
Douglas SwensonDouglas Swenson
Therese S.
work quality - great professionalism - great readily answered and explained any questions I had on the deck repair project
Emerald MastercraftEmerald Mastercraft
Hareesh J.
Alex and team did a great job with my deck, porch and exterior vinyl painting. I would strongly recommend their service.
Alexander Home ServicesAlexander Home Services
Lisa M.
Chad's overall business decorum is so far beyond par-it's outstanding. It's hard to find a contractor to arrive ontime, let alone early! He was there each day he said he would be, and worked so hard for my husband and I. We had a PROJECT. Chad fixed the foundation of our deck, in addition to fixing under our sunroom. He is kind hearted, and responsive. He even wrote us a deck repair report to put in our disclosures for when we sell. Chad will be the only individual we use going forward for any kind of deck or construction work.
CML Construction LLCCML Construction LLC
Stacey S.
Great experience hiring these guys to clean and stain my deck. Prompt, quality work. Reliable and trustworthy. I recommend them and would hire again.
East Metro Deck StainingEast Metro Deck Staining
Thumbtack Customer
Went well. Ran into issues with rotted wood/water damage/ crappy work on previous deck. Larry address them easily. Solid work, solid guy.
Lawrence AllarLawrence Allar
Meagan F.
Hired for deck-staining touch up. Great service, work quality, communication and value. Project was completed on the day scheduled and within a couple of hours. Would highly recommend!
Shine Window Cleaning-fully insuredShine Window Cleaning-fully insured
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel worked for us to repair, sand and repair our household deck. His work and his associates are professional, timely, and competitively priced. We are very pleased with his thorough workmanship.
Equity Direct Realty LLCEquity Direct Realty LLC
Dave H.
Appreciated Daniel's friendliness, responsiveness and attention to detail. He and his crew painted my deck and replaced a couple of railing boards. The paint job was great, even though it rained the night afterward.
Equity Direct Realty LLCEquity Direct Realty LLC
Tom K.
Greg is easy to work with, reasonable, and meticulous with his work. We are so happy we hired him to stain our decks. Already have recommended him to friends and will continue to do so.
Gigantous Services LLC/ Dba Carlson InteriorsGigantous Services LLC/ Dba Carlson Interiors
Jackie C.
Always on time. Job finished on time. Only one estimate so not quite sure about value, but seems fair. Older deck turned out fine with pressure wash and 2 coats of stain.
Omni Home ServicesOmni Home Services
Stephanie S.
Someone came out to measure the deck the same day another company came out to measure the deck (Monday). He stated I’d get the quote by Friday the same week. I never received a quote or any response back from them. The other company got me a quote back the following day (Tuesday) and was super responsive to all my questions. Even if you didn’t want to complete my project, just let me/the customer know so they aren’t waiting around for you to get back to them (aka, respect other peoples time and timelines). It didn’t seem like he wanted to even be there to measure the deck in the first place, like I was an inconvenience. Failure to respond to my emails, general lack of communication and poor customer service made the choice easy to go with another company.
Carter Custom Construction & FireplacesCarter Custom Construction & Fireplaces
Thumbtack Customer
Jon and his team did a great job on our decks. They arrived on time, did the work efficiently and cleaned up the area before leaving. Would recommend and use them again for other projects. Thanks.
Professional Contracting, LLCProfessional Contracting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Hard to know where to start. Service is off the charts. He communicates very well via thumbtack. Workmanship ditto. Materials and workmanship top shelf. We now own the best looking, best construction of any deck in the area. Thanks Larry.
Lawrence AllarLawrence Allar
Jill C.
Sam did a great job with my front porch and deck. He even went above and beyond to try and figure out a problem that he came up against. Super nice guy would hire again in a heartbeat! Great work for a great price!
East Metro Deck StainingEast Metro Deck Staining
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