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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 does a finish carpenter charge per hour?

On average, finish carpenters charge $60 per hour. However, this hourly rate will vary depending on where you live, the scope of the project and other factors. For a more accurate estimate, ask for price quotes from at least three finish carpenters in your area.

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 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.

Does a general contractor need to enter my home?

Provided the project is located inside your home, completing the job would require a general contractor to enter your home. But if your project is located outdoors, a general contractor will likely not need to enter your home. Discuss your options with general contractors in your area before hiring.

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.

Reviews for Milwaukee decking professionals
Zainab R.
They did a great job staining my deck! Looks absolutely lovely
Hunter Cleaning Services LLCHunter Cleaning Services LLC
Cara S.
Noah built a floating deck precisely to my specifications and worked carefully and effectively. He gave me tips on how to keep the deck in good shape for years to come and used quality materials to ensure that will happen. 10/10 would work with again.
Jansen’s Handyman ServicesJansen’s Handyman Services
Chris B.
Great company to work with. Was able to listen and make suggestions on enhancements. Professional, timely, and thorough work. Made sure everything was done correct the first time. We had new rails and stairs done on our deck. They were very concerned about the gap in between the posts and between the deck and the rails. I have a 1 year old and they made sure there was no way he could put his head between the balusters or get under the bottom rail to fall off the deck. They made us feel safe from the start and are very family friendly, safe, and professional. I would recommend them to anyone having deck work done or projects around the house.
Enhanced Management LLCEnhanced Management LLC
Eric D.
We are very pleased with the work Lorin did on our deck and front porch. We would hire him again!
Finishing WellFinishing Well
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional. Gave us great advice on products to us. Helped us with color selection. On time! Deck looks beautiful.
WB Painting-voted best painter for 2 yrs. running
Thumbtack Customer
Erich replaced our deck floor with new composite. The deck looks great! He did an awesome job - his workmanship is professional and his bid was extremely competitive. He cares about details and was a pleasure to work with. We will highly recommend him to friends and family. And, something that is hard to find in a contractor: he showed up when he said he would be here!
NE ServicesNE Services
Jeanette S.
Mr. Cerda built two smaller but sturdy, high quality decks for a reasonable price, was very friendly but respectful and professional and overall finished the job timely.
Cerda ConstructionCerda Construction
Austin C.
Tom repaired a small 2nd floor deck for us on the east side of Milwaukee. His price was fair and the work was good and fast. Next time we have a project we need help with we will be calling Tom.
Quality Remodel, Repair & RestorationQuality Remodel, Repair & Restoration
Amie B.
Gilmar and his team of professionals did a fantastic job on the back deck of my duplex that just went on the market. The ‘bones’ of the deck were good but all the horizontal surface boards were rotting out and all needed to be replaced and repainted. At a time when labor is in short supply and wood pricy, they completed the job in a few days from r a reasonable cost. All this was done remotely as I live in Oshkosh and my duplex is near Milwaukee…and I happened to be taking my first vacation in three years and was thousands of miles away when they finished. So all communication was via text and all payments done on line which worked out perfectly for me and my schedule. Before, during and after photos. (after photos are still wet!) Highly recommend!
Precision & Dedication paintingPrecision & Dedication painting
Calli B.
Hunter Cleaning Services responded to my project request right away and started soon after. He communicated throughout the process and made sure I knew where he was at in the process and when things were being done, which was super helpful because I was not nearby. He was professional and courteous and did a good job on our deck. I would ( and have!) hire Hunter Cleaning Services again.
Hunter Cleaning Services LLCHunter Cleaning Services LLC
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