How to Hire a Good Carpenter
First and foremost we must answer the following question: ‘How many carpenters do you need to change a light bulb?’ No, you do not need to know the answer to this question in order to find a good carpenter, but it is funny, so hang in there. The answer is: ‘You don’t need any carpenters to change a light bulb, you need an electrician.’ See, that was funny!
So, what do you need to know in order to hire the appropriate carpenter for the job? If you want to know the answer to this question you must read this guide written by the experts behind the online property management platform Bricks + Agent.
Step 1: Identifying the carpenter
You must start by identifying a carpenter and one of the best places to do this is the workplace. By asking around you might even be able to make a list of recommendations. Using the ‘referral technique’ is among the most efficient ways of finding quality services. If your workmates were satisfied with the services of a certain carpenter, then your chances of finding a quality tradie have increased dramatically. If your workmates could not help you, you can try asking your friends, your family members, and your neighbors.Who knows, maybe you’ll find out that one of them is actually a carpenter.
Keep in mind that hiring a carpenter with a good reputation is extremely important. So if the person who recommends someone does not seem happy with the services that they provided, you should avoid hiring them.
Step 2: Ask another tradie
It is not uncommon for people who are looking for a carpenter to find one with the help of another tradie. If you already have a team of service providers working on your property, you can ask them. They probably know someone who they have worked with in the past. Additionally, they are extremely likely to recommend a good carpenter, since their reputation will also depend on the final results. The contractors who are most likely to know a carpenter are the house builders because they often collaborate with one.
Step 3: Meet with several carpenters
If you ask quotes from several carpenters you are more likely to get a fair price. If one of them charges way more than the others, you will know that they are not trustworthy. Expensive services are not necessarily better quality than average priced ones, so choose wisely. You must also analyze exactly what services are included in the price because a cheap carpenter might not offer as many services as a more expensive one.
Make sure that the carpenters know exactly what the job consists of, otherwise they will not be able to offer an accurate price. You should also base your decision on the personality of each tradie. If you feel that one of the tradies does not seem interested in what you have to say avoid hiring him.
Step 4: Sign a contract
Now that you have a mental picture of what the job is and who you are going to hire, it is time to put it all on paper. When you discuss with the carpenter that you chose about your project, it is the right time to discuss and sign a contract. If you do this, you will not have to worry about not getting the job done. If the carpenter is not thrilled about the contract and you cannot seem to agree on the details, you can always go back to step 1.
Step 5: License and insurance
The contract is not the only important document that must be considered when hiring contractors. Another thing you must pay attention to is the carpenter’s insurance policy, license, and bonding. It is always a good sign is the carpenter is part of a recognized professional organization.
Don’t forget to check the dates on all the documents in order to ensure that they are still valid. If not, you should find another contractor.
If you find the whole process of selecting contractors difficult, you can try our online property management platform in order to find carpenter jobs and services in your area faster and easier.