Whether you plan to construct a new house or renovate the current ones, a team of designers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc must be hired to accomplish the desired needs and wants for your house. Each of the professionals needs to work efficiently with good coordination for the best outcome.
Speaking about carpenters, if you’re trying to change the look of your home and need to do some wood products and work, then it’s crucial to get a professional. Yes, at times it’s nice to do it yourself – DIY, but at other times you need a specialist to offer quality products. This is where I suggest hiring a skilled carpenter to do the work. Such a professional has the skills required to provide quality wood and lumber work. If you need to hire a carpenter, here’s how to pick the right one.
To begin with, you need to learn and understand the duties of a carpenter-
- Installing windows, molding, and other structures and fixtures
- Measuring, cutting, and shaping of wood and other materials
- Building frameworks for walls, floors, and others
Factors to consider when hiring a carpenter
Once you learn about the responsibilities of a carpenter, it’s now time for you to consider certain factors before you hire the carpenters
Figure out what you want
What clicks your mind the moment you hear “Carpenter”? To my knowledge, the majority of the people including us respond to it as “woodwork”. But no, I recently learned about the work of carpenters differ, there are different kinds of carpentry specializations. And so, before you plan to hire a carpenter you need to determine the type of carpenter you will require to finish the carpentry work. Some carpenters work only on cabinets whereas some work only on doors and windows. Confused? This must be something really new to you, so don’t worry, to tell you to understand better, I have compiled a list of the most common types of carpenters that you would be requiring for building or remodeling your house
- Rough Carpentry- They commonly work on roofing and framing
- Finish Carpentry- They work on decking, flooring, building staircases, installing doors and windows
- Cabinet-making Carpenters- They focus on building cabinetry for kitchens, laundries, bedroom, and more
Ensure that you chase the right options, those who are skilled to perform the work that you need to get done
To avoid unnecessary conflicts and delays in work due to the carpenters, you need to look for their reputation before hiring them. Go with a professional who is well-known for his work in the construction business. Start inquiring with your friends, family, and neighbors as they might have utilized a carpenter’s skill in the past. You must have got your options, and then it is your turn to check their reviews only or research about their work
You need to ensure that the carpenter you hire agrees to take the responsibility for the damage caused if any. And so, it is an important thing for you to verify the insurance coverage. The carpenter that you plan to work with must have liability insurance and the workman’s compensation insurance for covering up the damages caused during the accomplishment of the tasks. Check all the insurance documents thoroughly
Do not believe in things that you haven’t seen or cross-checked with would be my advice to you when you are interviewing the carpenters. You must scrutinize all your options and begin by asking for references directly from the carpenter. A professional with good work experience would not hesitate to provide you with references. Once you get a hold of the references, you need to ask them about how their experience was while working with the carpenter? Was he punctual and easy-going with work? In the future, would they ever hire him again? However, out of these, I would suggest you visit the houses of the references provided by the carpenter to see their work done, this way you can see a sample of his skills
Tools are carpenters’ best friends and by default, they carry it along. The most common ones include hammer, drilling machine, socket set, screw extractor, nail puller, and more. However, you need to check whether or not the carpenter has all the required tools for completing the project.
Visitation is more like a personal interview. If you are impressed with the potential carpenters’ online reviews and/or references feedback, then you can ask the carpenter to visit your house.
You need to be alert here, start noticing the way he deals with your queries, ask questions regarding the number of projects he has worked for, how he would add value to the given task, consider all the suggestions given by the carpenter and figure out whether or not they are worthy ones. If he confidently answers to all your queries and has answers to your questions at the tip of his tongue, that’s it then, he is suitable for your work
Do not settle for one, by this I mean before you finalize on your carpenter, shortlist at least 2-3 options and ask each one of them to share with you the quote of an estimated overall cost of the task. However, it’s obvious anybody would settle for the least costly one but by doing so, ensure that you do not neglect the quality of the work and the reviews just to save the money.
An experienced and qualified carpenter would charge comparatively more money, whereas those with mediocre skills often provide a lower quotation. And this is why you ought to carefully examine their previous work and qualifications
Going for a reputed carpenter is a must but there’s a drawback for the same, because of being highly reputed, there are high possibilities of him not being available at the same time as yours. So, never miss out on clarifying the time requirements beforehand. Decide upon things like- When can he start working? How many hours in a day will he be working? Will he work on weekends? How long would it take for the work to finish? Ensure discussing these details elaborately
Cleaning up after the entire carpentry work is done is a task to do so. Removal of the junk from the worksite requires energy or money and I trust you can spare yourself from this extra pressure. Check for clean-up policies with the carpenter. You will be able to charge some additional money for the task;
To not be a victim of a scam, it is essential to draft a contract that covers both the broad and minor specifics in the agreed project. Details should be reported concerning the nature of the work, the expected time and expenses, insurance policy, mode of payment and details, clean-up policy, material to be used, working timetables, and other related information. Any changes during the process should also be included simultaneously in the contract
Qualities to look for when hiring a carpenter
Here are some of the qualities that the right carpenter must-have. You can even look for the influence of these and make sure you have chosen the best one.
Physical strength and stamina
You must be aware that carpentry work involves lots of energy and so it is important for you to consider the physical fitness of your potential carpenter since all the work that they are intended to do needs arm and body strength.
Would you compromise with the design you chose for the furniture of your house just because your carpenter is finding it difficult to execute it, no, right? Therefore, you need to hire a skilled carpenter and possess problem-solving skills as there might be times when the carpenter will be expected to work his way out of difficult designs.
Numbers play an important role in carpentry work as it involves lots of calculations and measurements, thus this makes it important for you to check on the basic mathematical skills of the carpenter and this can be done by scheduling a meeting with him and discussing the plans so that they have the info related to the sizes of the materials required, etc
The more, the better. You must have heard this phrase and this fits in just right even when you plan to hire a carpenter. The more experience your carpenter has, the better outcome you can expect.
As the carpenters are responsible for curating your ideas of furniture and other woodworks into reality, you need to make sure he is trustworthy and can fulfill your expectations.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Carpenter
Below are some of the common flaws that you need to avoid when hiring a carpenter
Paying too much money upfront
To be honest, if you get your entire month’s salary on the very first day of your job, would you still work with the same dedication towards the work. No, right?!! Getting paid before doing the job would not give you a reason to work hard and the same goes with the other professions as well. Paying a reasonable sum of the amount as the deposit is reasonable for carpenters to buy materials required for the commencement of the work. By paying too much in advance would only kill the enthusiasm of the carpenters as they have already been paid. Never complete the payment before a job being finished.
Not including dates in the contract
Delays are unbearable, it can pause the entire workflow, so you have to pay extra attention to it. You should not only sign a deal with the carpenters on prices. The day the job is to be done is the most critical part of the deal too. If you fail to set the deadline, you leave it to the carpenter to choose whether to do the task. If so, you won’t be able to keep the carpenters responsible in case the job is postponed. It is thus very necessary to ensure that the date of closure is included in the contract.
Not asking for actual bills of the materials
You might never know whether or not you are being charged right without having bills in your hand. You should know where your money is being used. Instruct your carpenters to provide you with the bills of the materials and to buy the materials from a store of your confidence.
Not checking the credentials
Just because your friend has referred to you as a carpenter, doesn’t mean you can trust the professionals blindly. Ensure that you have reviewed the credentials and qualifications of the person you choose to employ as your carpenter.
Not considering the work type of the carpenter
As mentioned earlier, carpenters are classified into different types based upon their carpentry skills. Every carpenter possesses different experience and specialization fields, so it’s worth asking if they have experience doing the specific job they’re going to do for you.
A home is the place where you and your future gen will be living their lives. So, make the choices that you will never regret in the future. Don’t just pick a person at random, you need to keep some tips in mind and choose the best carpenter for your house.
Thank you for your time. Have a good day ahead!!