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Backyard Deck Building Questions You Should Ask First

By on July 25, 2020 in Patios with 0 Comments

Adding a backyard deck to your house can be an amazing way to increase your functional living space.  But there are some backyard deck building questions you should ask first.

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The backyard deck building questions you need to ask

A well designed and built backyard deck can give you a outdoor living space for the family or friends.  However before you start adding a deck, there are some deck building questions you should ask first.

Q: Do I need a contractor’s license in order to build a backyard deck onto my home?

A: Generally, no.

Individuals who are doing any type of construction on their own home are not required to obtain a contractor’s license. If you have any questions regarding the building of backyard decks as a commercial business, on the other hand, you may need a contractor’s license and/or other special permits.

Q: Will I need a building permit before building a backyard deck? How can I get one?

A: Prior to beginning any type of construction project, including backyard decks, you will need to request a building permit.

Failure to do so may result in fines, so be sure to file the necessary paperwork at your local courthouse or council.  Do a local google search for the office that issues building permits in your area.

Before doing so, make sure that you have the exact size and dimensions of the backyard deck that you wish to build. If you have a drawing, have a copy with you in case you are asked to provide one.

Q: Even though I am not familiar with construction of any kind, I would like to try building a backyard deck. Should I do all of the work myself or hire a professional contractor?

A: The answer is depends.

The bottom line is that if you feel comfortable in doing the job, you can attempt to complete the project yourself.

However, if any part of the construction is unclear or becomes complicated, you should call a contractor to at least come in and inspect your work. If needed, a professional can take over the job even after you began construction.  Keep in mind this might be more costly in the long run.

Q: I’m not sure if I can complete the construction on my backyard deck, but I don’t want to spend the money to hire a contractor. Can I start on the construction and then call a contractor if I run into problems?

A: Yes, of course.

This isn’t necessarily the best plan of action. If you start the job and run into serious problems with the construction.  Going to a contractor may end up costing you even more.  Once the go in and correct the problem before completing the deck than if they were to be the primary builder from the beginning.

Make sure you start the construction on your backyard deck if you are confident that you can complete the job.

Q: If I do hire a contractor, how can I select the best one for my backyard deck project?

A: Choose a state licensed professional to do the work.

Secondly, check out the contractor’s reputation with the local Better Business Bureau and confirm the number of years they have been in business.

Last but not least.  Make sure the contractor is knowledgeable in the construction of backyard decks.  Get them to quote first before handing over a deposit.

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About the Author: Michael Wuze is a regular content contributor to Living Out The Back, which was started as a way to share the best of what life has to offer outside your home. The backyard is the one area so many people don't enjoy that we want to help you with. Everyone should enjoy their backyard. .

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