Get at least three estimates, request references, check credentials, set a project schedule and establish payment terms are some tips for hiring a masonry contractor to perform brick and mortar repairs. Homeowners must also verify that potential contractors are insured and bonded to protect themselves against any liability for damages, work site injuries or workman's compensation, and unpaid subcontractors or suppliers.
Collecting multiple estimates is imperative in establishing a fair market price and budget for the work desired. These estimates must be given in writing with labor and material costs broken out separately. Buyers should be wary of estimates that are much lower than the others, which could be an indication of poor-quality materials being used or lower quality standards of workmanship.
Reputable contractors should have a list of reference readily available. The references need to be contacted and asked about the customers satisfaction with the contractor, the quality of the work, the timeliness of its completion and if there were any additional charges. The contractor should be able to show proof of certification from the Masonry Contractors Association of America as well as any additional licenses required to satisfy local building codes or ordinances.
Payment terms need to be linked to the production schedule. Paying for materials up front is not uncommon; however, full payment should never be given until the project is completed to the buyer's satisfaction.