Chances are if your remodel involves any wood, you are going to be hiring a carpenter to do the work. As many good carpenters that are out there, you will have twice as many bad ones. What are you supposed to look for in a carpenter? What qualities should you ask about and which ones don’t matter? Take a look at how to look for a carpenter before you start your remodel.
Look for These Things when Hiring a Carpenter
Ask for suggestions. Look for a reliable carpenter can be as easy as asking your family and neighbors. Online reviews can sometimes be hit or miss, but your closest colleagues will usually shoot it to you straight. Make sure to ask about the projects they had the carpenter do and see if you can inspect the work yourself, this way you can see first hand what you are in for if you take their recommendation. A good carpenter will come highly recommended, and their past clients won’t be able to stop talking about them.
Get some quotes. The carpenter you are interviewing might be a salesman wearing a tool belt so make sure to get multiple quotes before choosing the right worker. Comparisons usually weed out the bad guys and leave you with a few good choices to pick from. Make sure the work they quote you for is the work they put in the estimate. It is easy to say the magic number, but make sure what they say is what is written in the paperwork.
Make sure they are good communicators. The last thing you need is for them to have a hiccup in the project and continue with “what they thought was best.” You need to find a carpenter with great communication skills that are willing to keep you in the loop no matter how crazy the loop gets. Make sure you have communication plans in place just in case you aren’t able to be reached during the day. You don’t want a carpenter to need your input only for him to not be able to reach you.
Talk about materials. Most people don’t know that they lose the most money when it comes to materials. Make sure you talk about what type of materials he is going to use and how much it’s going to cost you. Materials seem to be a crime of opportunity when it comes to hired help. Make sure you know what type of materials he is using, where he is getting it from and where it will be stored. You don’t want to pay for the priciest lumber only to be bamboozled and have the cheap stuff put in on install day and your quality lumber sent to the carpenters next job site. If you can, buy the materials for him!
A carpenter can be an asset to any remodel project and can pay for themselves in the long run. Make sure to do your homework and ask questions before instead of being left holding the hammer for your remodel project.
Looking for a carpenter? NVS Kitchen and Bath has lead carpenters on site during every remodel – start to finish. This means you have one point of contacts who is the first person you see every morning and the last person you see leave in the afternoon.
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