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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 Rittenhouse Square decking professionals
Elona B.
UP Building Company did an excellent job in building my deck. My every question was answered and followed up in a timely manner. A great detail was put into the planning and building of my deck. Wenderson and his crew are professionals and know how to get the job done to the finest details. They are my go to company for ALL of my home needs. My neighbors love my deck and are going to UP Building Company for their deck needs. I highly recommend them. They will not disappoint. I am extremely pleased with my new deck.
Tim D.
Did an excellent job refinishing my deck. Price was reasonable.
A.D.A.D. ConstructionA.D.A.D. Construction
Ed M.
I needed a railing replaced on my deck, and they did a great job. I've gotten several compliments. I would hire them again.
A.D.A.D. ConstructionA.D.A.D. Construction
Cassie H.
Cambria Landscape and Lawn Services recently stained our deck. Charles gave us a really competitive quote, was very communicative during the scheduling process, and completed the project on time. The deck looks beautiful! Charles and his co-worker who helped him complete the job were super friendly. I would strongly recommend Cambria Landscape and Lawn Services and look forward to using them again in the future on other outdoor projects!
Cambria Property ServicesCambria Property Services
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff and his coworker came out to stain our deck prior to our wedding day and he came out with super short notice as we wanted to have it completed for our guests. I would recommend him to anyone as he is a super nice and knowledgeable individual.
Owens BuildingOwens Building
Alexander S.
Tom initially forgot our appointment. He did do a nice job of giving me an estimate for the project and I could tell that he wants to do a good job for his customers. Unfortunately the stain he used on our deck did not come out well. The knots in the wood bled through and 1/3rd of the deck has two tones to the stain which was due to how he applied it. When I called to tell him that the end result was very unsatisfactory he told me there was nothing he was willing to do about it. As a result I would not recommend using his services as he does not have integrity in the final product of the work he does.
TAF Construction, Inc.TAF Construction, Inc.
Emily D.
Derek is an absolute pro! He's responsive and will talk you through what his plans are. He works hard and isn't satisfied until you're satisfied. I will absolutely hire Derek again for future projects. I've attached a progress photo from the job. He built a deck and fence for me and as you can see he never left a mess and the work is beautiful! This project presented a lot of challenges but he met every one of them with a solution.
AtoZ Family BusinessAtoZ Family Business
Thumbtack Customer
We recently hired Rick and his son to fix an unexpected leak in our new house. Rick came out on a Saturday to assess the situation and he and his son had the leak fixed and the damage repaired within days. They do quality work and don't over charge. Rick has become our go to contractor and handyman. I will be calling him again when we are ready to have work done to our new house. I highly recommend Complete Construction! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rick and his son did a truly quality job on our deck. They kept us informed throughout the process and their price was very reasonable. We also love the end result. We plan to hire Complete Construction again when we need a contractor next.
Complete Construction and Handyman Services LLCComplete Construction and Handyman Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
William and his team were great and I would highly recommend them. William and his team stripped and painted my deck and also rebuilt my steps. He was very responsive and replied to all questions very quickly. He was able to schedule a start date quickly and stayed on time and on schedule. He met all requests for the work and was very clear in his estimate. He stayed on budget and on schedule and there were no surprises. Team came in and got the job done quickly. They were clean and left everything as back in its place when they were done. After the job was done, he responded to any further questions and requests promptly and even came back to install a decorative cap on a post. Overall excellent quality for the price. Very competitive with his rates. Would certainly use ADAD again.
A.D.A.D. ConstructionA.D.A.D. Construction
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