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How to Choose a Good Carpenter

We don’t hire carpenters very frequently, so finding a good one can be a bit tricky. This guide should help make the task simpler.

Searching for Prospects

You can begin by seeking referrals from relatives and friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. People are usually be happy to tell you about their experiences with a certain carpenter. Look into carpenter reviews online and check out pictures of their past work. Have they done anything like your project? Do they specialize in any specific field, like wood flooring installation or summer houses? What are their carpentry qualifications and how many years of professional experience do they have? It’s safe to trust the veterans of the industry, but that doesn’t mean that new carpenters can’t offer you anything good. After all, they have a lot to prove.

Carpenters are usually registered with trade organizations, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are better than those who aren’t. Still, it tells you that they are serious about their trade. But don’t hire a carpenter based on memberships alone. Experience should be a big factor in your decision.

Getting Estimates

You may or may not accept a quote over the phone, depending on the type of project you have. Usually, the carpenter will want to see you and your property personally so he can fully understand what you want. They will then offer you options.

Whether the job is big or small, start with at least three quotes from different carpenters. This gives you the opportunity to compare, but make sure you gave them exactly the same specs. Otherwise, the comparison is just a waste of time.

Of course, you should only be considering insured prospects. Uninsured tradesmen are dangerous. You don’t want liability for any accidental injuries on your project. If you have a small budget, be sure you understand how corners will be cut as your carpenter tries to stay within your limitations. Do you know the difference between laminate and real wood flooring, for example? You need to know all such details.

Hiring the Carpenter

Before you let the work begin, all details should be ironed out. As a minimum, you have to be satisfied with the project cost, the approximate completion time and the schedule of payments. The carpenter should also show you proof that they are insured, and if they give you excuses, look for another carpenter.

Finally, be ready to make a down payment of usually 50% of the total cost of the project. The remainder shouldn’t be paid until you are happy with the result or until any disputes are resolved.

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