How to Select Choose the Right Deck Designer
Your outdoor deck should be a sanctuary for you and your friends and family – a place where you can relax, unwind and entertain. This is why it’s so important you choose the right deck designer for the job – so you can continue to enjoy your outdoor space for years to come!
Here is our complete step-by-step guide to choosing the right deck designer:
Research, Research, Research
Many of the horror stories you hear about families falling into the hands of shady deck designers, could have been avoided with some sound research. Firstly, ask around your family and friends. Chances are someone you know would have built a deck in the past, and they are a great source of honest advice.
It is also important to check online reviews – this will quickly reveal who you can and can’t trust with your project. Once you’ve found a deck designer you like the sound of, check for their experience level – as a general rule, the more experienced the better. Many companies will display their experience on their website, and if they don’t, you can always ask them over the phone. Which brings us to the next step…
Make A Phone Call
It’s true what they say – you can hear a smile over the phone. By making a simple phone call, you can get a good gauge of the type of person they are. Have a list of questions ready to ask them, as well as details on your project.
Communicate your specific requirements – such as the size of the area to be decked, the sunlight direction, airflow and climate. A good builder should be able to provide custom designs and several timber options that are ideal for your project.
Furthermore – they should be able to help you with council requirements and building permits, when required. If you’re happy with their response – it’s time to schedule an onsite inspection and quotation.
Receive Your Onsite Inspection And Quotation
A good quality deck designer won’t hesitate to provide an onsite inspection and quotation. This is the best way for them to offer sound advice and start visualising your ideas. It’s also an excellent chance for you to ask any more questions you might have – and consider their advice for your situation.
Once they’ve seen your site, ask them if they have any examples of similar projects they’ve completed – after all, a picture is worth a thousand words. The more experienced they are – the more likely they are to have completed similar projects in the past.
Choose The Deck Designer That Ticks All The Boxes
And now for the exciting part – choose your deck designer and get started on your project! But remember – you should never enter into an agreement until they’ve met all the criteria outlined above. By following this step-by-step guide, you will make sure you don’t get stung with any extra fees, or worse – end up with a build that isn’t right for your home and environment.
Want to Learn More?
Contact Paul today to learn more about our timber deck designer services.