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Choosing A Carpenter
Posted by Ernie
Just about anyone can swing a
hammer, but skilled carpentry work requires knowledge
of materials, ability to read design plans and often
the ability to design, a good work ethic, safety, a thorough
knowledge of building codes, experience, experience,
How do you decide which
carpenter you should hire?
Word of mouth is a good start,
and mutually beneficial to the client and the carpenter.
I like to know what my clients will be like as much as
they want to know what to expect from me. Frankly, a
good recommendation from a family member, trusted friend
or associate is worth a dozen unverifiable references.
Absent that, get those references and, above anything
else, meet your carpenter in person. You’ll get
more useful information from a face to face meeting.
Be specific with the job
you need and then get a clear estimate of the job to
be performed. You’ll want to confirm:
- Who will be obtaining the materials
needed for the job;
- How quantities of materials
will be determined;
- What factors may delay the
job (i.e., bad weather, unavailability of materials,
- Who will handle carting away
discarded materials, appliances, cabinetry and other
- Whether materials and clean
ups are included in the job quote;
- How long it will take, absent
unforeseen delays, to complete your project.
- I don’t know a lot of
skilled carpenters who have the time to develop a portfolio
showcasing their work. Occasionally, they may obtain
permission from owners, take a snapshot and have something
to show for hours of labor. Either way, definitely
ask whether a portfolio is available; but the lack
of a portfolio should’t keep you from hiring
a carpenter by any means.
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