Finding a company that meets your expectations and that you also feel comfortable working with is very important. Not to mention weighing the options, cost, reputation of the contractor, and several other factors will help you make a better decision in the long run.
Another thing that might help in your decision is samples of what the exterior of your home would look like after the stucco. Samples are a great tool to help you envision how your home will look.
Below are just a few things to look for in a Stucco contractor.
Stucco Contractor References and Past Work:
In the friendliest way possible, let the contractor know up front that you expect to see examples of the work they’ve performed. You’ll want to see recent projects and not something they worked on over 6 months ago. Seeing an example can help you gauge the type of work you will receive from the contractor in their current state. If they refuse to show examples it may be a good sign that you should avoid working with them.
Another thing you can do is see if the contractor is willing to let you talk to clients or people they’ve worked with in the past.
The Local Stucco Supply store or yard is a great place to ask for recommendations. The workers should be familiar with several of the local contractors and can give you a good idea of who would be a good choice to work with.
If you have multiple stucco supply depots, call a few of them and weigh their recommendations against each other.
Check their online local listing for reviews. Read the review carefully to make sure you have everything you need to make an informed decision.
Licensed and Insured
This isn’t something you want to take a chance on. If you use a contractor that doesn’t have all their credentials, you could be leaving yourself liable for a faulty job or even having to pay for damages. If you use an unlicensed or uninsured you also run the risk of being left with a job half way done or even a result that looks worse than when you hired the contractor to begin with.
You should expect a contract to be involved when you work with a legitimate contractor. If someone asks you to work under the table or by hand shake it may be a sign to move on.
Estimate Time and Project Preparation
You will probably want to get an idea of how long the job will take. This is something you should also consider while you are researching the contractor. See if people are saying they get the job done in time.
You may also want to have a conversation with your neighbors about how long the stucco contractor told you the job would take.
Meet in Person.
You will want to talk in person before you let someone loose to work on your home. This kind of work is a big investment and it’s worth taking the time to make sure that it’s done right.
Always use common sense and make sure you are comfortable with the contractor you select. Greg Unseth has been in the business for almost 4 decades and can help you with the process. If you’re in the market, we are happy to provide a free estimate!