How To: What you should be asking to find a Top Notch Carpenter
Posted: February 1, 2012 | Posted By: Planet Handyman (Larry Hall)
Almost any carpentry job in the home should be done by a well qualified carpenter. If you’re not a qualified in this area, you’re much better off to hire a professional to do your home repair jobs. Whether the need is a small repair job or a major renovation, a well qualified carpenter can help you to ensure that all of your home repair needs are done correctly and professionally.
Keep in mind that there are specialties in carpentry, so if you need custom made furniture or cabinetry, you will choose to find a carpenter that specializes in this kind of work. You should be asking carpenters what kind of work they specialize in. In other words, are you in need of woodworking skills? You will want to make sure that the professional you choose is up to the task that you need completed.
Below, you will find some tips to help you find the best carpenter for your home repair needs:
- If you have a friend or relation that recently had some work done on their home and you were impressed by it, don’t be afraid to ask for the number of the carpenter that did the work. This is one of the best ways to find the right carpenter for your needs because good friends and family are unlikely to recommend someone that does poor work.
- When you are considering hiring a carpenter, you should ask to see some of the work that they have done before. Since woodworking is a specialty, carpenters should have a portfolio or website for you to see. It’s especially important to see this work when you are considering a large job, such as custom cabinetry for your kitchen.
- Find out how long the carpenter you’re considering has been working at his or her trade. A carpenter that has only been at it for a year or so might not be up to the challenge of a large project. If this is the case, find out if there is a company or other carpenters that he or she would recommend.
- You will also need an estimate. You’ll want to get a few of these unless you’re positive of who you will be handling the work. In order to find what are good estimates, you should do some research to find out what the average cost of a project similar to yours might cost. With the estimate, you should expect to see a sketch and detail of the cost of materials and labor.
You will find that many carpenters are willing to offer their services in your area, but choosing one without properly interviewing and checking for references, as well as seeing a portfolio can bring you nothing but problems. This is why it’s best to keep the number of any good carpenters that you manage to find.
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