We don’t hire carpenters very frequently, so finding a good one can be a bit tricky. With these tips, the job should be much easier.
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? Do they specialize in any specific field, like wood flooring installation or summer houses? What qualifications do they possess and how extensive is their professional experience? 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’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 gives you a certain level of assurance that they are committed to their trade. But don’t choose a carpenter by virtue of his membership or memberships alone. Experience is often a huge factor to be considered.
The type of job you want will determine whether a phone estimate is acceptable. Most carpenters will want to come to see you and your property so you can have thorough discussion of the project. They will then offer you options.
No matter the size of the job you have, start with a minimum of three quotes from three different tradesmen. This allows you to make comparisons, but make sure you provided exactly the same specifications. Otherwise, the comparison is just a waste of time.
Of course, you should look for insurance with every carpenter you consider. Uninsured tradesmen are dangerous. You don’t want to be liable if anyone gets hurt on your project. If you have a rather tight budget, make sure you understand how exactly the carpenter intends to cut corners remain within your limitations. For instance, do you know what laminate flooring is compared to real wood flooring? You need to know all such details.
Hiring the Carpenter
Iron out all the details before you let the work begin. As a minimum, you must be happy with the cost, the estimated completion time and the schedule of payments. The carpenter should also be able to present proof of insurance, and if they hesitate, find another prospect.
Finally, prepare aroudn 50% of the project’s total cost as deposit. The balance shouldn’t be paid until you are fully satisfied with the work or until you resolve disputes, if any.