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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).

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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 Auburn decking professionals
John W.
Miguel responded quickly and did a terrific job in cleaning, sanding, and painting our deck. I would definitely hire again!
SPR servicesSPR services
Lee S.
They did a great job on our deck. The estimate was straight-forward, and no unwanted surprises. They told me when they would be there, and it was done in a timely manner.
Gafco Roofing and ConstructionGafco Roofing and Construction
Dan W.
These guys did a fantastic job staining my deck and fence. Came out, negotiated a price, showed up on time, and cleaned everything up when they were done; very satisfied!
SPR servicesSPR services
Linda B.
so far so good he hasn't started job yet Update, deck completed excellent job, on schedule. Duane came when he said he would and finished when we agreed on. Very pleasant contractor to work with I would recommend him and refer him to all of my friends who need work on their decks. Quality oriented and a perfectionist, passionate about his profession. We will call on him again! Thank you!!
LB EnterprisesLB Enterprises
Dan W.
I only needed a sanding / staining job for my deck, when the guy came out he thought it was a rebuild project. Was very courteous and suggested looking for a different company, even though he couldn’t help, appreciated that!
Evergreen Home ExteriorsEvergreen Home Exteriors
Bob K.
They were in a hurry to get job done. They put “3” coats of stain on my new deck. Many places on the railing are bare wood. I’ll just restain most of the railings myself. There wasn’t any preparation before staining so there are several area that I will sand before staining.
Sharmas Painting and Landscaping servicesSharmas Painting and Landscaping services
Doreen O.
Santiago replaced a simple 12x24 30 year old (and rotting) ground level deck with beautiful cedar decking on the front of a rambler (rental) home I own. He added 2 sitting benches and two sets of stairs and clear-coated the finished product. He was on time and finished project in the timeframe he quoted and responsive during the project. The quality was great - he easily captured my idea of the new design I made a rough sketch of. I will hire him again to refinish the yard fencing and siding on the house. He does quality work and communicates throughout the project and has a great work ethic. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat!
boom painting and general contractorboom painting and general contractor
Amy W.
HR General Construction was so great to work with! They built a covered deck for us including benches, electricity, sky lights and recessed lighting. It turned out beautifully! It is very sturdy and built to last. They have great attention to detail and made sure to ask our options throughout the process. They are also just wonderful, kind, trustworthy people and we enjoyed getting to know their sweet family as they worked. They always had positive attitudes and were kind to my young children who are very good at getting in the way and asking lots of questions. 😊 They were also conscious of the price of materials they purchased although it would only affect our wallet to and not theirs. I would definitely hire HR General Construction again and would recommend them to anyone!
HR General ConstructionHR General Construction
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