We don’t hire carpenters very often, so choosing a good one can be rather tricky. This guide should help make the task simpler.
Looking for Prospects
Start by asking for referrals from your friends, relatives, coworkers or neighbors. 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. Do they have projects that are similar to what you want them to do for you? Are they specialists in certain fields, such as wood flooring or cabinets? 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 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.
The type of job you want will determine whether a phone estimate is acceptable. Usually, the carpenter will want to see you and your property personally so he can fully understand what you want. And then they will present options.
No matter the size of the job you have, start with a minimum of three quotes from three different tradesmen. This gives you the chance to make comparisons, but make sure you gave them the exact same specs. The comparison is futile otherwise.
Of course, you should consider prospects only if they are insured. Hiring an uninsured tradesman is risky. You don’t want to be responsible for any injuries occurring 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 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 should be comfortable with the project cost, estimated time of completion and payment schedule. The carpenter should also be able to present proof of insurance, and if they hesitate, find another prospect.
Finally, be ready to make a down payment of usually 50% of the total cost of the project. The remainder should be paid only if you are totally happy with the work they’ve done, or after any disputes are resolved.