It’s not very often that we hire carpenters, so finding the right one can become a little tricky. With this guide, the task should be a lot easier.
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. Read carpenter reviews online and take a look at pictures of their past projects. Do they have projects that are similar to what you want them to do for you? Are there any fields they specialize in, such as wooden floors, gates or doors? 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’re the ones who have so much 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 it’s not smart to hire a carpenter on the basis of his 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. They will then offer 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. The comparison is futile otherwise.
Of course, you should consider prospects only if they are insured. It’s risky for you to work with an uninsured tradesmen. You don’t want liability for any accidental injuries 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. Do you know the difference between laminate and real wood flooring, for example? 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. The carpenter should also be able to present proof of insurance, and if they hesitate, find another prospect.
Lastly, be ready to make a down payment of around 50% of the project’s total cost. The balance shouldn’t be paid until you are fully satisfied with the work or until you resolve disputes, if any.