Choosing the right professional contractors for a masonry project is difficult, particularly if the homeowner is not fully knowledgeable on brickwork. Homeowners should research and find a contractor that will do a good job at a reasonable cost who are well versed in the type of project being proposed. The importance of going with the right masonry contractor lies in the fact that masonry should be used as a compliment to a homes décor because it gives a homeowner a chance to make a house differentiate from the rest within a neighborhood. Because, there are so many choices of size, colors, and textures to choose from to make any décor match the homeowners taste, it's extremely important to select the right contractor who will successfully help you in the project.
When looking to hire a masonry contractor, one of the first considerations any individual should make is to be sure that the scope of the project matches the scope of the contractors business. For example, some mason projects are very small, so it would not be a good idea to hire a contractor who works only on big projects. So it is more or less matching the right skills with the right-sized project. First, look at the scope of the project, determine what needs to be done, and then consider the full breath of the potential masonry contractor's work to determine if they are fully capable of the task.
Also take into consideration the type of project involved. Some masonry companies exclusively do walls and house facades. Other only do chimneys. Make sure the contractor you hire has an extensive experience in the type of project you want completed.
Make sure that the contractor picked has references and that they check out. Ask to see past projects that the contractor finished, and get the customer's opinion on the job performance. Additionally, make sure the contractors are properly insured for worker's compensation, property damage and personal liability. Any company who is unwilling or hesitant to provide this information should throw up red flags. Also, check with consumer ranking groups to ensure their masonry business is a good business to work with.
If the price quoted is adequate, then request a formal bid based on the same plans and specifications discussed. As you often hear, do not automatically go with the lowest bid because it may mean that they do not have enough experience to do the job properly. Instead, go with the bid that makes the most sense between a combination of experience, cost, and time to complete the project.
Hiring a professional masonry contractor is much like hiring any skilled craftsman. One has to be sure of their experience and capability of completing a project. When you do find the perfect masonry company, however, it should become quite evident that they are superior both in terms of their work and relationships with you as a customer.