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Tips for Choosing the Right Carpenter to Get the Job Done

Tips for Choosing the Right Carpenter to Get the Job Done

Carpentry is more than a utility skill, and there are many of us who do this artistic work for recreational purposes. However, there are some tasks that definitely need professional skills. This HomeQuicks article will give you some essential tips for choosing the right carpenter to get the job done.
Shalu Bhatti
Single Carpenter Vs. Team?
Depending upon the nature of work, while a single carpenter would cost you less, he would take a lot of time to finish the work as compared to a team, which on the other hand, would be more costly but less time-consuming.

Carpentry happens to be one of the most ancient skills on the planet, existing right from the stone age; even Jesus Christ was a carpenter! Isn't it remarkable how a plain log of wood can be turned into a magnificent artwork by a skilled artisan?
There are many tasks that cannot be done by amateurs, and need a skilled professional who can accomplish the job efficaciously. Be it installing something new, repairing an old damaged area, or extending the house due to increasing family needs, home remodeling is an essential part of any household, and a crucial one as well. This job, for one, takes a lot of time and money, and if it's not done properly, the results could be heartrending. Therefore, it is extremely important to hire a carpenter who is skilled enough to undertake the task. How to find one? The following section will give you some essential tips for the same.
How to Hire the Right Carpenter
How we wish that all carpenters were blessed with the expertise of Lu Ban―the famous ancient Chinese carpenter, known to be the pioneer of woodworking in China. However, if one invests a tad bit of time into researching and scrutinizing, it isn't impossible to find the perfect guy to do your job. The following are the points to consider.
1. Reputation
It is always a wise decision to go with a professional who is well-known for his work. Begin by inquiring from your relatives, friends, and neighbors; surely most of them would have utilized a carpenter's skill in the past. Once you get a few options that seem to be good, check their Better Business Bureau report to get a fair idea regarding the professional's reviews and complaints (if any).
2. Specialization
There are different types of carpenters that specialize in certain areas. For example, a framer is a carpenter who specializes in building the framework, while a cabinetmaker has an expertise in making cabinets, drawers, and other storage furniture. Ensure that you chase only those options that are skilled to perform the work you need to get done.
3. License
You must check if your state has a mandatory rule for carpenters to hold a license. If that's the case, ensure that the carpenter you are questing after is registered under the governing organization of the field. Any form of certification from professional organizations such as the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry would be preferable, according to the Better Business Bureau. Ask for the document as proof of accreditation.
4. Insurance
Another important thing to verify is the insurance coverage. The carpenter must have a liability insurance, workman's compensation insurance, and the like, in order to cover up the damage (if any) caused during the accomplishment of the task. Like the license, you must check the insurance documents as well.
5. Referrals
It is important to scrutinize all your options; begin with asking for references directly from the carpenter. A professional who is good with his work should have no problems giving out as many references as you need. Ask these 'references' how their experience was, while working with the carpenter. Was he punctual and easy to work with? Would they like to hire him again in the future, if need be? If possible, try and visit their house to see the work done by the carpenter so that you can see a sample of his working skills.
6. Visitation
Once you are satisfied in the aforementioned aspects, ask the carpenter to visit your house, or wherever you want the work to be done. Notice the way he deals with your queries. Ask questions regarding the number of projects undertaken by him, how would he be able to add value to the task, does he have any worthy suggestions? If he sounds confident, and has the answers at the tip of his tongue, know that this guy knows what he does.
7. Cost
It is advised to shortlist at least 2 to 3 options and ask each one to quote an estimated overall cost of the task. While you would naturally want to go for the option that appears to be most wallet-friendly, do not neglect the quality of the work and customer reviews just to save some money. A carpenter who knows his job well would want to make the most (money) of it and may charge more; however, those with mediocre skills may offer a lower amount. This is the reason why you must evaluate their past work and credentials thoroughly before coming to this point.
8. Time
Another crucial point worth considering is that of 'availability'. One downside of the carpenter being reputed is that there are high chances of him not being available at the same time as yours. Don't forget to clarify the time requirements beforehand. When can he start working? How many hours would he be working? How long would it take for the work to finish? All these details should be discussed elaborately.
9. Cleanup Policy
Removing the junk from the working site and disposing it off costs money, and you would definitely want to save yourself from this additional burden. Check with the carpenter regarding the cleanup policy offered. There are chances that he may charge you some extra money for this task; clarify all these aspects if you want the cleaning to be a part of the job.
10. Contract
Preparation of a contract that contains all the big and small details of the decided plan is imperative. Elaborate details of the nature of work, estimated time and costs, insurance policy, payment method and details, cleanup policy, materials to be used, work timings, and other relevant information should be registered in the contract. Any changes that occur during the process should also be included in the contract simultaneously.
Taking all these efforts to find a worthy carpenter is not a hassle but a lifetime investment. To get hold of an artisan that delivers exactly what you want is no less than a blessing. A one-time strategic search could result in a lifelong association, with a guarantee that your interior is being carved by a top-drawer professional.