It can be hard to find a carpenter these days, many of them work on large commercial construction projects or big residential development projects. That doesn’t mean that for your project you should hire the first carpenter that comes along claiming that they can do the job. You still want a carpenter with experience and a good track record of getting the job done. Here are some tips for finding the right carpenter to get your project completed.
What is their experience?
You want to make sure that you hire a carpenter with some experience and not just a hobbyist. Ask questions like how long have they been working in carpentry. The more years of experience they have the more opportunity they have to learn new skills and techniques. That doesn’t mean that someone relatively new to the field doesn’t have any talent and shouldn’t be given a chance. Ask them about projects they have worked on that are similar to yours, and if they have done anything like that recently. Let’s say you want some stairs built, the more frequently they have done projects like that the better they will be at it.
A portfolio of previous work
Before you hire a carpenter you should ask to see some of their previous work. A good carpenter should have a portfolio of their work that has some plenty of photos of project that they have worked on. These projects should include something similar to your project if not the exact same type of project. Go over the portfolio carefully. You should also ask them to sketch out what your finished project will look like, that will make sure that both of you are communicating correctly about what you want.
Get a quote
If you are completely satisfied that the carpenter can successfully complete the project that you want done, then now it is time to ask for a quote. You may probably want to get a quote even before you start the vetting process. You will also want to have a breakdown of the costs of materials versus the cost of labor. Carpenters don’t work for free and they are skilled craftsman so the quote will reflect that skill. Whether your carpenter uses subcontractors will also affect the price of your project.
Take your time and do your due diligence before you hire a carpenter. You want the best possible outcome for your project and that means getting the best possible carpenter in your area.