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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Pergola Contractor

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Jason Herring
April 27 2022

Making the right decision on a pergola contractor for an outdoor project can seem like a daunting task. It is a major project that requires building code navigation and industry jargon. Knowing the right questions to ask a prospective contractor can seem insurmountable. Here at SYZYGY Global, we’ve had the honor of working with plenty of amazing homeowners, and our industry expertise has made us the preferred partners of many commercial restaurants and country clubs throughout South Florida. Here we’ll share some of what makes us so successful in order to give you a basic primer that will help you better select the right contractor. 

Respect the Pergola Contractor’s Time and Demand the Same From Them

Palm Beach or Hobe Sound might be known as a laid-back relaxation destination, but that doesn’t mean customers or contractors want to waste each other's time. First and foremost, demand that your pergola contractor keep scheduled meetings, and show them the same respect. Following each meeting make sure to revisit what they need from you before the next meeting or step in the process, and vice versa. Any contractor that fails to provide you with a timely quote is likely tipping their hand for how they will treat deadlines moving forward.

Bring All Decision-Makers to the Table

One of the first interactions you’ll have with your prospective contractor is when they visit your home for an initial consultation. In our experience, it’s ideal to hold your first meeting when all household decision-makers are present. Otherwise, plans get lost in translation between family members, which can seriously delay the next phases of work.

Streamline by Keeping it Local

All pergola projects here in South Florida will need to navigate a complex maze of local, county, and state building codes. Associated permitting and approval processes can be equally complex. So, it’s always ideal to work with a pergola contractor that brings plenty of local experience to the table. The added benefit of using someone local is that you will be able to tour some of their previous work. Also, demand that they present their localized bonafides. You should never hire a contractor who can’t produce a current local contracting license, doesn’t have local expertise, or refuses to show you their recently completed projects in the area. These are all major red flags.

Communication is Key for Project Success

When meeting prospective contractors, take note of their communication style. The opening sales process will be a harbinger for things to come. If the pergola contractor is using too much industry-speak and you get lost in the technical details, you may find yourself awash in the language for the several months of completing your outdoor project. Your ideal partner will be able to speak that industry language to the regulatory officials, but also help you clearly understand what is happening with your pergola project. If you get the sense that a prospective contractor is intentionally trying to confuse you, find another option.

The Pergola Contractor References Rule the Day

While you might find a pergola contractor that speaks your language, has captured your vision for a truly amazing outdoor living space, and has the local expertise you expect, you still absolutely must check their references. When you speak with references, you’ll want to ask how their day-to-day interactions were with the contractor, explore the quality of the work, and make sure to discuss just how timely the various phases of the project were completed. For example, did they keep meetings, did they deliver plans on time, were municipal approvals completed as promised, was the overall project delivered on time and on budget? It’s also acceptable if the contractor hasn’t already done so, to ask the reference if you can visit their outdoor living space to see the final product first hand. Finally, make sure to source online reviews from a quality source like Google Reviews, which works diligently to validate its reviewers.

Conclusion: Choosing the Right Pergola Contractor

Finding the right pergola contractor for your home improvement project can make or break the success and timely competition of your project. If you would like to compare any project proposals you’ve received from contractors, please reach out to schedule a consultation.

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