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Finding a Good Carpenter

Carpentry is an indispensable skill necessary for just about any home renovation. Not only is a carpenter in charge of ensuring the job looks great, but you also depend on him to make your renovations safe and long-lasting.

Your place may have been recently battered by a hurricane, so you’re going to need an electrician to take care of the electrical damage and a carpenter to restore your deck. Or maybe you just want to make some small additions to your home. A finish carpenter can work on your windows or trims or a rough carpenter can do the structural work.

In any case, you’ll want someone who is knowledgeable, experienced and a true professional. Below are tips for finding one:

1. Ask around for referrals.
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The best way to search for a good carpenter is to ask people for referrals. 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 you can only do this after showing them the worksite and explaining what you want to happen. But remember that cheap isn’t always best, especially for a project that is complicated and requires 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 such questions will give you a clue on the tradie’s trustworthiness.

3. Ask for references.

If you found a carpenter without a personal recommendation, it’s a must that ask for references and call these people. A quick phone call can be all it takes to save you from wasted cash and frustration. Furthermore, you can check out independent review websites or pre-screening websites that help homeowners find tradesmen they need.

4. Examine the contract.

As soon as found the right carpenter for the job, review the contract very, very carefully. 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. With every payment you make, you should get a receipt.

Finally, ensure that the carpenter has liability insurance for any work-related damages, workman’s compensation for work-related injuries, and a bond that will protect you, just in case the carpenter fails to meet the terms and conditions of the contract.