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Choosing a Good Carpenter

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

Searching for Prospects

You can begin by seeking referrals from relatives and friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. People are normally happy to share their experiences with tradesmen they’ve hired. Look into carpenter reviews online and check out pictures of their past work. Have they done work that is similar to your planned project? Are there any fields they specialize in, such as wooden floors, gates or doors? 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’re the ones most in need of opportunities to shine.

Carpenters are usually registered with trade organizations, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are better than those who aren’t. Still, it provides assurance that they mean business. But it’s not smart to hire a carpenter on the basis of his memberships alone. Experience is often a huge factor to be considered.

Getting Estimates

You may or may not accept a quote over the phone, depending on the type of project you have. Most carpenters will want to come to see you and your property so you can have thorough discussion of the project. And then they will present options.

Regardless of the size of the job, begin with no less than three estimates from three different carpenters. This gives you the chance to make comparisons, but make sure you gave them the exact same specs. Otherwise, the comparison is just a waste of time.

Of course, you should look for insurance with every carpenter you consider. Hiring an uninsured tradesman is risky. You don’t want to be responsible for any injuries occurring 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. For example, do you know the difference between real wood and laminate flooring? You should know all of these details.

Hiring the Carpenter

Before you let the work begin, all details should be ironed out. As a minimum, you must be happy with the cost, the estimated 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{77f1f70c29adf8deb8394774158875cf363bc393154ef9cd57d475e04fbe3237} of the total cost of the project. The balance shouldn’t be paid until you are fully satisfied with the work or until you resolve disputes, if any.

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