Want to give your yard a facelift? Consider adding a pond! A pond can transform a dull landscape into a scenic oasis. The benefits of a pond extend beyond aesthetics. Moving water has several therapeutic benefits. Spending some time in a landscape with a pond every day is a great way to wash away stress and anxiety.
Look for a pond contractor who has the experience and knowhow required to bring your vision to life. Check their previous work and go through customer testimonials and reviews to determine if the professional you are considering is capable of handling your project from start to finish.
Before hiring a pond builder in Windsor, ask them these questions to assess their professionalism and expertise.
Are You Licensed and Insured?
In order to earn their license, a pond builder has to fulfill certain requirements. When you hire a licensed professional, you can rest assured that they will follow a set of standards.
Make sure the professional you are considering is insured. If you hire an uninsured contractor and someone on their team gets involved in an accident and sustains injuries while working on your property, you may be held liable for damages. If this happens, you may have to shell out hundreds, even thousands of dollars, to cover the insured person’s medical expenses.
If your contractor is insured, their insurer will pay damages if someone on the professional’s team gets injured while working on your property.
Can You Provide References?
A reputable contractor will be more than happy to provide references. If a contractor seems hesitant to provide references, walk away.
Choose a contractor you like, trust, and feel they are willing to work with you on your project. Talk to the contractor’s references and ask them if they are satisfied with the results. Ask the reference if they have any before/after photos and if the project was completed on time and within the budget. Ask if contractor and employees kept a clean (as can be) worksite? Where tools and materials picked up at the end of the day or left strewn about?
Can I See Your Past Work?
When deciding whether to hire a contractor, take a look at their past projects to get an idea of their style. Find out if they have experience managing projects similar to yours and can deliver a solution customized to fit your specific needs.
What Does the Quote Include?
Your quotation should include a material and labor cost for each aspect of the job. The quote should also include some type of scope of work / description as to what is being done and just as important what is not being done.
If you do not understand a particular cost element or need clarification on a term or condition, do not hesitate to call the contractor up to clarify any confusion.
An important note about deposits is that in the state of California most contractor classifications are only allowed to ask for 10% of the total contract cost or $1,000 whichever is less. This is in place to protect you the consumer.