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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.  

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

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?

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. 

Is it hard to build a deck yourself?

If you don’t have the skills, experience and qualifications, building a deck may be difficult for you to do on your own.

Structural integrity is key when constructing anything, but especially something you plan to have your family and friends use regularly. The safety of the structure takes careful planning and experience.

Professional contractors have the knowledge to make a safe, beautiful deck for you. They also know the proper permits and insurance required to legally build a new deck or remodel a porch in your city.

When in doubt, contact the best deck contractors near you and start getting free estimates today.

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.

Reviews for Minneapolis carpenters
Benjamin S.
Larry did a great job rebuilding our wooden porch. He took down the rotting wood porch, patched some holes in the foundation and rebuilt the entire porch and steps
Lawrence AllarLawrence Allar
Gwen L.
Loved the timeliness, responsiveness and the workmanship. We got our deck, porch, roof, and siding redone with Paul and he was nothing but wonderful.
Rodriguez Construction LLCRodriguez Construction LLC
Michelle M.
Everyone was friendly and helpful. The work done was amazing and very reasonably priced! They got done quicker than quoted and cleaned up when they were done...you couldn’t tell they’d been working there earlier that day! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for new porch!
Whittlin llcWhittlin llc
Luke S.
We hired Mark to replace a 2nd story ~ 15’ x 10’ deck/balcony. At our initial meeting, Mark viewed the balcony, measured and then immediately began to make suggestions based on our thoughts about materials, design, etc. Within a few short minutes, Mark gave a ballpark estimate of the cost of the project, which was both very competitively priced and within a couple $100 when he returned within a day or two with a written proposal. We immediately executed the contract, Mark provided an estimated delivery date for the materials and a start date for the tear-down of our old balcony. Both dates were spot-on. After the tear-down, Mark did a thorough removal of all debris, as promised. Upon delivery of the decking material, (before installation) Mark pointed-out some flaws (weathering, scratches) in some of the decking. He immediately contacted the supplier and had all new decking delivered. Mark and his crew did some hard and hot construction in the dog days of August. The project was completed within the timeframe Mark had estimated. When Mark told us that he or a crew member would be at our home, he/they were there or Mark contacted us with a “Sorry, but...”, which we appreciated. Mark was readily available by text message, often within minutes, never beyond half-a-day. Mark went above-and-beyond to make sure that a water-leak issue with the old balcony (into our 1st Floor 3-Season porch) would not reoccur after his deck installation. Our bottom line: Mark’s work product, price, communication, etc. led us to immediately hire him to replace our lower/ground-level 15’x15’ deck with the same composite decking, a project we foresaw needing in a year or two (and Yes, our experience with Mark on the tear-down and construction of Deck #2 mirrored Deck #1). Add to that, it’s our intent to hire Mark to build a Pergola for our lower deck in Spring 2020. We would recommend Mark for similar construction projects without reservation. Luke S. and Liz R.
WVM. Construction  LLCWVM. Construction LLC
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