In the grand scope of construction, deck replacement may seem like a small project. You still want to make sure your contractor does good work, though. Here are five questions you should ask anyone you are considering for the job.

1. Are You Licensed and Insured?
Having the proper licensing is the bare minimum that you should require of the contractor replacing your deck. You also want to make sure that he or she is insured just in case something goes wrong.

2. To What Extent Are You Involved in the Design Process?
A good contractor wants to stay informed from the beginning to the end of the project. Whether the people you are considering already have a designer on their team or they are willing to work with someone else, the person you hire should be interested in the design process.

3. What Are Your Criteria for Hiring Subcontractors?
Your deck replacement may require tasks that go beyond the overseer’s expertise. Look for a contractor who works with other professionals with whom he or she has established a good working relationship.

4. What Permits Are Required for This Project?
Every city and state has its own building codes. Your contractor should be well versed in what is required and be able to explain how the project meets these standards.

5. How Much Is the Job Going To Cost?
You may find that there are two or more contractors who meet your expectations for quality service. Not only does having an estimate help you budget for the project but it also may help you make a final decision on the contractor who can give you the best deal.

No matter how relatively small a project you need to be completed, you should always hire the best person for the job. Treat your deck replacement the same way you would any other renovation by asking the right questions before you choose a contractor.