Whether you are building new construction or remodeling, the addition of natural stone adds a timeless look. Let’s assume you have narrowed your stone selection down to the last two or three choices. What is my next step? Choosing a masonry contractor can be a daunting task. Questions that homeowners generally have are: who will do the best job, how long will it take to complete, and how much will it cost? We believe that simply taking your general contractor’s recommendation on which mason to use for the stone installation is a terrible idea. You may be thinking, but I trust my contractor and he is the expert. It is important to do some research and homework on the selection of which masonry contractor to use, because there are huge differences in skill sets. The extra work you put into this will be well worth your time. There are services available like Angie's List and Homeadvisor that will help point you in the right direction. However, a more hands on approach is always the best option. We recommend getting at least three quotes and asking to see projects that your perspective masonry contractor has completed. Selecting your masonry contractor is a matter of personal preference but three things to consider as you make your choice include: price, workmanship and lead time.