Getting any carpentry work done in your home requires the services of a good carpenter because unless you are skilled in carpentry yourself, it is best to just leave the job to the experts. Whether you want a big home renovation project or something smaller like creating custom cabinets, tables and chairs, fixing your window, and things like that, a skilled carpenter can do it perfectly for you.
Although there are some specializations, for example there are cabinet makers and other furniture makers, generally any carpenter can do a decent job on any type of woodwork or home improvement. But if you still want to get the best person to do a specific job for you, simply ask whether they specialize on that kind of work, and not merely hitting a few nails on a wooden board.
Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you in finding a good carpenter for your home project.
1. Have you ever praised the deck in your friend’s house? Perhaps you think his kitchen cabinets were superbly done. If you believe the carpentry skills of whoever did those works are truly amazing, then ask your friend for the contact details of the carpenter. You should ask yor friend if he completely recommends the guy. This is one effective way in finding a reliable carpenter.
2. Always ask for a portfolio. A carpenter who does a lot of cabinet making will certainly have a collection of photographs of his previous works. The same with a carpenter who work on decks, pergolas, and especially bigger projects like bathroom and kitchen renovations.
3. Ask how long he has been offering his carpenter services. Let us face the fact. The carpenter who has the most experience generally is more skilled in his craft than someone who has been doing it for only a year or two. But this is just one factor because you still have to look at his communication skills and reliability as a contractor.
4. After you have described to the contractor on how you want the job to be done, ask him to create a sketch. For example, if you want a specific type of deck, the carpenter should be able to make at least a rough draft or sketch of it. This will show if he completely understood what you want.
5. Finally, you should ask for quotation. You should request that the estimate must be as detailed as possible so you can have a good idea on how much it will all cost. After you received the estimate, show it to a friend who understands some carpentry or at least had the same kind of project done to his house. This will help you understand if you are getting a fair deal out of your transaction.
There are many carpenters offering their services in any given town or city, but to find a good carpenter among the lot is not that easy. But when you finally found one, keep his contact details. YOu will never know when you will need his services again.
Source by George P. Barry