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 usually be happy to tell you about their experiences with a certain carpenter. Check carpenter reviews on the Internet and view some photos of their previous projects. Have they done anything like your project? Do they specialize in any specific field, like wood flooring installation or summer houses? 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 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 don’t hire a carpenter based on memberships alone. Experience should be a big factor in your decision.
You may or may not accept a quote over the phone, depending on the type of project you have. 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.
Whether the job is big or small, start with at least three quotes from 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. It’s risky for you to work with an uninsured tradesmen. 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. Do you know the difference between laminate and real wood flooring, for example? 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 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.
Finally, be ready to make a down payment of usually 50% of the total cost of the project. The remainder shouldn’t be paid until you are happy with the result or until any disputes are resolved.