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If you’ve got a big stucco project coming up, you will want to make the right decision when choosing a stucco contractor. Finding the right company that meets and exceeds your expectations while helping you feel comfortable during the whole process is very important. Not to mention, weighing out the choices, costs, reputations, and other factors will help you make the best decision in the long run.

Another helpful thing to ask for is samples of what you want the exterior to look like after the stucco. Getting stucco samples is a great tool to help you envision how your home will look once the project is completed.

Here are some things you should look for when hiring a stucco contractor:

Stucco Contractor References and Past Work

You can ask any potential contractors for examples of work that they have performed in the past. You will want to see some recent projects and not something that they worked on more than six months ago. Seeing examples will help you understand the type of service you will receive from a contractor. If they refuse to show you examples, then this is a good sign that you should avoid working with them.

One more thing you can do is see if they will give you the contacts for clients that they have worked with before so you can speak with them about their experience.

Get Recommendations

Your local stucco supply yard or store is a good place to ask people for recommendations. The workers will already be familiar with many of the local contractors and they can give you a good idea of who would be a good choice to work with.

If you have many stucco supply depots near you, then you can call a few of them and compare their recommendations against one another. Check online local listings for reviews. Read them carefully and make sure that you have everything you need to make the best decision.

Licensed and Insured

This won’t be something you want to take your chances on. If you use a stucco contractor that does not have all of their credentials up to date, then you can be leaving yourself openly liable for a faulty job, or you might even need to pay for damages that occur. If you go with an unlicensed or uninsured contractor, you will also be at risk of being left half done or with the result that looks worse than when you started.

A Legal Contract

You should expect your stucco contractor to provide you with a contract when you work with a legitimate contractor. If someone is asking you to work under the table or rely on a handshake to make the agreement, then this is a red flag to move onto your next option.