A Beginners Guide To Services
It’s not very often that we hire carpenters, so finding the right one can become a little tricky. With these tips, the job should be much easier.
Searching 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. Have they done anything like your project? Are there any fields they specialize in, such as wooden floors, gates or doors? What are their qualifications in carpentry, and how long have they been in the business? 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 members of trade organizations, but that doesn’t always speak about their expertise. Still, it gives you a certain level of assurance that they are committed to their trade. But don’t choose a carpenter by virtue of his membership or memberships alone. Experience is often a huge factor to be considered.
You may or may not accept a quote over the phone, depending on the type of project you have. Most carpenters will want to come to see you and your property so you can have thorough discussion of the project. Then they will give you 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 opportunity to compare, but make sure you gave them exactly the same specs. The comparison is futile otherwise.
Of course, you should look for insurance with every carpenter you consider. Uninsured tradesmen are dangerous. You don’t want to be liable if anyone gets hurt on your project. If your budget is tight, make sure you understand how your carpenter is going to cut corners and work around 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
Iron out all the details before you let the work begin. As a minimum, you have to be satisfied with the project cost, the approximate completion time and the schedule of payments. You should also ask to see proof of the carpenter’s insurance, and if they hesitate, move on to your next prospect.
Finally, prepare aroudn 50% of the project’s total cost as deposit. The remainder should be paid only if you are totally happy with the work they’ve done, or after any disputes are resolved.