The Essentials of Carpenters – Revisited

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How to Find a Great Carpenter

Carpentry is an indispensable skill necessary for just about any home renovation. Not only does a carpenter make sure the results look good, but you also rely upon him for your renovations’ durability and safety.

Your area may have been recently hit by a hurricane, so you’ll have to find a good electrician for your electrical system and a carpenter for your deck. Or perhaps you just need a few small additions to your home. The structural work can be done by a rough carpenter while the windows or trims can be tackled by a finish carpenter.

In any case, you’ll want someone who is knowledgeable, experienced and a true professional. Here’s how you can find one:

1. Seek referrals.
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The best way to hunt for a reliable carpenter is to ask people for recommendations. People are usually happy to share their experiences with tradies they’ve hired. But you don’t want to stop there. Take time to check out the recommended carpenter’s work and see if he’s someone you might actually want for your project.
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2. Ask for estimates.

Two or more prospects is always better than one for comparison purposes. And to compare well, have every carpenter provide an estimate of the job. Note that a good estimate is only possible after they have seen the jobsite and you have explained your plans. But keep in mind that cheap isn’t necessarily best, especially for complicated projects that require inspections or permits.

Asking for estimates is as well a good way to determine whether or not the carpenter has professional work ethics. Did he arrive in your home for the estimate as he said he would? How hard or easy was it to get in touch with him? The answers to these questions will give you a good idea of the carpenter’s trustworthiness.

3. Request for references.

If you have a prospective carpenter who was not personally recommended to you, it’s very important to ask for references and actually talk to these people. It can only take one quick phone call to avoid frustration and wasted money. Or you can check out independent review websites or pre-screening websites that help homeowners find the right tradesman for their project.

4. Review the contract.

Once you’ve found the right carpenter for the project, go through the contract meticulously. Yes, a contract is necessary, and it should include all important details, like cost and payment schedule, when the project starts and ends, materials that will be used and their prices. You should have a receipt for each payment you make.

Finally, hire a carpenter who is insured (liability coverage for work-related damages to your property and workman’s compensation coverage for any job-related injuries) and bonded (in case the carpenter does not meet the contract terms and conditions.