Masonry work is one of the oldest building trades and it is the art of adding or repairing concrete, brick and stone. It was masons who built all those beautiful churches, castles and ornate stone buildings you find all over the world. Today masonry is often associated with retaining walls, patios, driveways and other hardscaping elements. When the time comes to get masonry work done on your property you need to be cautious, it isn’t just an issue of money but also one of safety. It is second nature to ask about price first because budget drives many of our decisions but that is not the only thing to look for in a good masonry contractor. Here are some tips to help you find a good masonry contractor.
Looking for a local business online is nothing new, we all do it every day, but looking for the closest Foundation Leveling company is not the same as trying to find a qualified mason. When you type into Google “masonry + your city” you will get the maps listings first and then the rest will be organic listings most of which will consist of directories. Let’s start with the maps listings first, this is where you should always look first. Maps listings are where you can see website information, the type of services they offer, get their phone numbers and more importantly see reviews of their business. You can also see if they bothered to go through the verification process with Google, a Google verified company means they are serious about their work and took the time to claim their business. From here you can select a couple of companies to call and get quotes from.
Check Out their Website
While Google Maps listings can give you a ton of information you still want to check out a company’s website too, it is also a valuable source of information. You want to check out their portfolio of previous projects and check out the work they do. You want to check out how big a crew they have and how long they have been in business. You want as much information as possible before you call someone for a quote.
Good Contractors are Busy
A good masonry contractor is in big demand; they do all kinds of work from brick, stone pavers to reinforced walls and patio decks. The good ones build their reputation quickly and have work lined up sometimes months in advance. Don’t be shocked if it could be a couple of weeks out before they can fit you into their schedule. The wait may be a bit shorter if you want to work with a journeyman but if you have a complex project then hold out for someone with the experience that you need.
You want to check with multiple companies if at all possible and get some different prices. When you discuss your project with a potential hire you want to be very specific about what you want done. Never hire based on the lowest price but rather look for a combination of price and experience.