Updating your kitchen cabinets? Building custom furniture or a new closet? You will need to find an experienced and skilled carpenter to do the job right at a price that matches your budget!
1. Ask an expert for a recommendation. Get a recommendation from a general contractor as they know who is reliable and does quality work. You can also ask your friends and neighbors to recommend a carpenter who has done similar work to the specific job you are seeking.
2. There is no substitute for experience. Carpenters learn their trade on the job and through apprenticeships, which usually take about 4 years to complete. Call the carpenter’s references and make sure that he is reliable and punctual. A good carpenter should have 3 to 5 years experience minimum.
3. Look for signs of a skilled, professional carpenter. A good carpenter should have a high degree of visual skill and attention to details in order to complete a quality project. He should be dressed appropriately and be self-motivated.
4. Get photos of recently completed projects. You should be able to see the carpenter’s past projects to assess his abilities and workmanship. If possible, ask if you can visit a current project site to inspect his work.
5. Layout project details and information. Have your plans ready to share with the potential carpenter to assess if he is willing and able to do the job in the time frame you need it completed. Know what you want to get a clear contract price and to be sure you like what you get!
6. Get it in writing! You want to make sure both parties know what is included in the price and what is expected.
7. Be sure to include dates of completion in contract. The carpenter will need to have a reasonable time frame set to complete the project. Add a clause which charges penalties for not completing the work by deadline date.
8. Keep your eyes open. Find a carpenter that you can communicate with and check in to make sure he is on task and following your instructions.