If you are adding any woodwork to your home, whether structural or aesthetic, you will most likely need a carpenter. Here’s a short guide on choosing the right one:
Know What Type of Carpenter You Need
While all carpenters work with wood in some way or another, however, most people do not know that carpenters specialise in a particular type of woodwork or construction. For example, a rough carpenter does things such as framing, formwork and other structural work, a finish carpenter is one that specialises in moulding and trim, decking and other jobs that need to look good aesthetically, while a repair carpenter is one that specialises in repairing woodwork. Ensure you look for the right carpenter, with a specialty in the field you are after.
Always Check the Credentials
When it comes to choosing a carpenter, you want to make sure that they are appropriately qualified, licensed and insured. Do not be afraid to ask for proof of any of these – a qualified carpenter should happily show you documentation showing that they are up to date on everything. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for references or to see examples of their previous work. Finally, make sure that your carpenter is experienced in the type of work that you need them to do.
Check Out the Costs Involved
It should be pointed out that cheapest is not always the best option. 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, using high quality materials. After all, a cheap job can work out more expensive if you have the work redone down the track.
Turnaround and Availability
You want a carpenter to be able to complete your job in a reasonable timeframe. It can be a huge inconvenience if you need a job done within a couple of weeks and they can’t even get to you in a month’s time. Remember that carpentry work can often cause inconvenience around the household, and you will want to minimise this as much as possible. Also, like any good professional, a carpenter should be reliable and punctual. There is nothing worse than waiting for your carpenter to show up, especially if you have other tradespeople that need to come in after them.