If you’re looking for a tradie word-of-mouth recommendation is best but not always possible. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Get more than one quote, three is great. Make sure they’re detailed including what materials will be used. It’s important to know how many coats of paint you’ll get, what brand, and what preparation will be done. What kind of timber will they use to build your deck and will they use stainless steel or galvanised nails and screws.
This way you’ll know what you’re getting for your hard-earned money AND be able to compare apples with apples.
Check their trade licences and insurances. Make sure they’re up to date and valid. Get everything in writing and NEVER pay for work up front.
A deposit is fine, usually between 5 to 10 percent and progress payments as work advances. When it comes time for final payment, make sure the work is complete and you’re satisfied. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. A good tradesperson will be more than happy to help!