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How to Pick a Carpenter

We don’t hire carpenters very frequently, so finding a good one can be a bit tricky. With this guide, the task should be a lot easier.

Looking for Prospects

You can begin by seeking referrals from relatives and friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. People are typically glad to share their experiences with a particular carpenter. Check carpenter reviews on the Internet and view some photos of their previous projects. Have they done work that is similar to your planned project? Are they specialists in certain fields, such as wood flooring or cabinets? What are their qualifications in carpentry, and how long have they been in the business? You’ll be safe with the industry veterans, but don’t rule out new carpenters just because they’re new. After all, they have a lot to prove.

Carpenters are usually members of trade organizations, but that doesn’t always speak about their expertise. Still, it provides assurance that they mean business. But don’t hire a carpenter based on memberships alone. Experience is often a huge factor to be considered.

Getting Estimates

The type of job you want will determine whether a phone estimate is acceptable. A carpenter will usually want to see you and your property in person so you can discuss your project extensively. Then they will give you options.

Regardless of the size of the job, begin with no less than three estimates from three different carpenters. This gives you the opportunity to compare, but make sure you gave them exactly the same specs. Otherwise, the comparison is useless.

Of course, you should only be considering insured prospects. It’s risky for you to work with an uninsured tradesmen. You don’t want to be liable if anyone gets hurt on your project. If your budget is tight, make sure you understand how your carpenter is going to cut corners and work around your limitations. For example, do you know the difference between real wood and laminate flooring? It’s a must that you know all such details.

Hiring the Carpenter

Before you start the work, be sure about the details first. As a minimum, you have to be satisfied with the project cost, the approximate completion time and the schedule of payments. You should also ask to see proof of the carpenter’s insurance, and if they hesitate, move on to your next prospect.

Finally, prepare aroudn 50% of the project’s total cost as deposit. The remainder shouldn’t be paid until you are happy with the result or until any disputes are resolved.

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