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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 Prior Lake decking professionals
Zulfikar A.
Rahul has a done good job with our deck stain project.
Corral services llcCorral services llc
Michelle S.
Sergey and his team are outstanding professionals. We have two decks on the main (above a walkout) and second story floors of our home overlooking the lake which needed significant repairs. Sergey and his crew essentially rebuilt and painted both decks in about 3 days, working outside with ladders. Sergey continually communicated the process and status, arrived on time, performed high quality reconstruction of the decks, matched the new paint perfectly, and came in on budget. He provided expertise on wood and paint selection. He and his team were polite, professional, and hard working. I highly recommend Sergey and his company and will hire them again for future projects.
Raduga corpRaduga corp
Brandon N.
Outdoor Solutions was an exceptionally easy company to work with for our deck project that was completed in February, 2017. I would like to share a little detail about the positive process my family experienced. Jim (co-owner with his wife) was very quick to respond to our request for quotes. After our initial phone call, he visited our house within a couple of days. It probably would have been sooner but our busy family schedule wouldn’t allow that week. At our first meeting, on a Friday evening with 2 crazy boys running about, Jim met with us to discuss our design ideas. We discussed our budget, the design and materials we preferred. Jim was very helpful, in a very polite and consultative manner, to work with us on different design options. My family and I recently moved to a new area within the Twin Cities and Jim was really helpful in educating us on city building codes that were important in our design considerations. At the conclusion of our initial meeting we received a reasonable, competitive, very honest quote. As of the following Monday, we decided to choose Outdoor Solutions. Within a couple of days, the permit was obtained from the city and the design specifications submitted to our HOA on a Thursday. All prerequisite approvals were received on Sunday and footings were drilled the following Wednesday and filled with concrete either Thursday or Friday the same week. The construction crew began building our deck before the concrete cured, using temporary supports and was finished within 2 days. After approximately 5 days for the concrete footings to cure, the crew returned and spent about a half day building the permanent support posts. On the concrete footings…I live in MN and in February the ground is frozen solid and had snow on the ground when the footings were drilled, hence the 5 days to cure (this was expected before we started the build). A little about the crew that built our deck…the guys were awesome for the following reasons: 1. I have 2 boys, 6 and under. On day 1, the crew was on a first name basis with my boys. For some context, we have a lookout with the patio door being elevated about 8 feet. My kids would crack the patio door and talk with the crew every morning before school and daycare. The crew was very engaging, polite and interacted with our kids as if they were their own; after school was the same! 2. Every morning they said they would be here at 7:30, they were and were a few minutes early each morning. 3. One of the days, the forecast called for snow but instead steady drizzling rain. The crew didn’t flinch and powered through the conditions. I was at home that day and stated my admiration for working through the conditions and they didn’t seem phased. Lastly, February MN weather can be unforgiving yet that didn’t affect the quality and workmanship. Outdoor Solutions and their quality of service was outstanding. Their owner and crew were as good as it gets. I’ve worked with several contractors on various projects in my over the past 15 years. While not each project was the same, Outdoor solutions was the most reliable, honored their commitments 100%, and was the most genuine and honest of them all. Upon final inspection by the city, the inspector told me the build quality is better than most and exceeded several building code standards. Since July 2016, we’ve interviewed 12 contractors with 5 of them being in 2017. We did our homework and chose the best company for our project, design requirements and budget! Outdoor Solutions is a small locally-owner business. My parents were small business owners where hand-shakes, honesty, reliability, hard work and sense of community were valued. Outdoor solutions is all of these and more!
Outdoor Solutions Inc.Outdoor Solutions Inc.
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