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Hiring a Carpenter: Everything You Need to Know

Carpenters are responsible for building and repairing structures that are made from wood, steel or substitutes for wood. Carpenters can build the frame for a home, the walls, and the roof. They can also perform interior jobs such as installing doors, windows, floors cabinetry, and ceiling tiles. They can also create the structures for other work that needs to be done, including erecting scaffolding. Carpenters specialise in many different areas. Therefore, if you are selecting a professional, you should make sure that he or she can complete your specific project.


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Choosing a Carpenter   

  • There are many different types of carpenters that specialise in different things. Here are the 3 most popular 
  • Rough carpenter does things such as framing, formwork, and other structural work 
  • Finish carpenter specialises in moulding and trim, decking, and other jobs that need to look good aesthetically 
  • Repair carpenter specialises in repairing woodwork.?

If you are adding any woodwork to your home, whether this is structural or aesthetic, chances are that you will need a carpenter. Here is our guide to help you get the very best one that you can.

What Type of Carpenter Do You Need?

Always Check the Credentials

When it comes to choosing a carpenter, you want to make sure that they are appropriately qualified and insured.  Ask for references and examples of their previous work.  Call the references and ask if they were happy with how the work was completed.  Finally, make sure the carpenter you hire is experienced in the type of carpentry you need to be done.

Check Out the Costs Involved

Obtain quotes from different carpenters, to ensure that you can get a realistic cost of the carpentry work you need to be done. Ask for the quotes to include labour, the cost of materials (make sure the materials are the same or similar), and anything else that is needed.?While price is obviously an important consideration, especially for larger or more specialised jobs, it is just as important to choose a carpenter that does high-quality work and uses high-quality materials.

Look at Their Availability

You want the carpenter to be able to complete your job in a reasonable timeframe.  There is no point in hiring a carpenter if you need a job done within a couple of weeks and they can't even get to you in a month's time. Also, make sure that your carpenter is reliable and punctual. There is nothing worse than waiting for your carpenter to show up, this just causes frustration.


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Tips to Hire a Contractor

  • Ensure contractor is properly licensed
  • Check references and ratings
  • Always get more than 1 Quote
  • Be clear on what you want done
  • Do your homework on your budget
  • Be clear on the time frame for the job
  • All costs must be included in the estimate
  • Get an invoice for a deposit payment

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