Carpentry is more of an art. The beautiful way of carving furniture has been in existence since the Stone Age when science and technology weren’t even born yet human being with their innovations carved out beautiful sculptures with hand. Carpentry nowadays has entered into the machine world where carpenters use machines to design and build an item. It’s a term associated more with wooden items, furniture and decors. Having the best designed furniture at your home can brighten up the mood of the room every time you enter. It’s therefore very important to have a well experienced and efficient carpenter to design and build your furniture.
The best way to appoint the best contractor is to study the work they’ve done. When you walk into a carpentry store you’ll find the items he has designed. This will give you an idea of how the carpenter is; also his work might be the best but may be those are not the kind of work you’re looking for but have a talk with him in case you like his work and describe to him what you exactly want which might help too.
Many of the times, the most difficult thing about constructing a home is not the work but finding the right person to do the work. The work of installation of kitchen cabinets, re-flooring the bathroom, cleaning the garage is very less tough when compared to the work of finding the right contractor. One of another difficult part is to hire a carpenter. Carpenters are just like the trade people whom we employ on frequent basis. This thing makes the choosing the good and bad very difficult. However there are certain ways through which you can make out the right carpenters and wrong carpenters. The best option to choose the right contractor is to ask your friends and family’s reference. If their experience is good, you will have surety about hiring them. Here are some of the tips for hiring the right carpenter or contractor.
Check for the specialize person
When you are looking for the carpenter, you must look for the specialized carpenter. In carpentry also there are many different things. Check for the job first and then find the one who is good in that particular job. Say for example if you have the work of interior molding and trimming then you should go for hiring a trim carpenter. If you have the work pertaining to roof and walls then you should probably seek to the framing carpenter. If you want to make the cabinet then you should probably opt for the cabinet maker. Ensure that you are contacting the right person for getting your job done. By doing so, you will get the desired result.
Be sure on what you want
When the things are about getting the work done of carpentry, it is said that the more specific and detailed you are, more will be the output you will be getting, If you want your desired result, you will need to have a clarity of mind and explain everything in detail to the carpenter. If you are yourself confused then you cannot get the thing of your choice out of the carpenter. Have a specific plan of work even before you start to meet up different contractors. Specific plan will help the carpenter to know what you and how you want. This will also help you to get the exact estimate of the cost from carpenter.
Take estimates from more than one carpenter
While you are choosing the right contractor, price is one the major factor affecting your choice. Don’t settle for the first contractor you meet. Even when we go for shopping the clothes, we will try out the options so why not in choosing the carpenter. It is advisable to ask at least three carpenters about the price estimate. By doing so, you will get the idea as to what is the normal rate in the market going on and what are things which is to be considered there. By doing so, you can do the true comparison among all. Even if there is a big difference in the price, you can get explanation as to why it is so.
Check out the references
The best way to find the right carpenter is to see the references. You can probably ask your friends and relatives if they have any suggestion as it is the safest and the most reliable way to get things done. If your friends and relatives don’t have any suggestion, you can ask the carpenter himself about his past work and ask those people as to whether they were satisfied with his work or not. Checking out past references is a great idea. If you are finding the contractor to hand over a big exterior work then it is advisable to check out the current works of him. There can be possibility then in the past the contractor was good but recent work is not good. To avoid such scenario, check out his current work.
Check out the insurance
Ensure that the carpenter is providing you with certificate of insurance. It is one of the most essential things to check before you hire any of the contractors. Before even you consider any carpenter, ask him about his insurance. If while hiring him you have forget to ask about him, then before handing him over any money or starting off the project, you can ask for insurance from him.
Check the payment process
It’s very much important to clarify the payment process beforehand only. You would want to pay after the work is done and the contractor want to get the advance payment then this is not going to work. There are several methods for payment. You can either give the full money in advance or you can give part payment in advance and part after the work is done or you can give entire amount after the work is done. There is also a method of milestone payment. Here there will set targets as if when this much work is done you will get this much payment. The work might be divided into three to four parts as per your understanding and convenience.
Check the contract
The first and foremost thing is to enter into a contract when you hire the carpenter. Now this contract must be in writing consisting of each and every minute details of the work. This contract should also contain the amount of payment and mode and method of payment. There would also be certain dos and don’ts and some terms and conditions in the contract which should also be followed properly. If you have any doubt regarding any of the terms and conditions then you can freely clarify it with the carpenter. Understand every minute detail of the contract before you agree to it and sign it. Contract should also contain the startup date and completion date. This is very much important as many of the times they agree to complete early but they end up very late adding to the cost and also to your discomfort.
Ask some questions to yourself
Before you hire any carpenter, you need to ask some questions to yourself. Ask whether the carpenter seem to be competent t you? Does the carpenter seem to be interested in you and your work? What is the behavior of carpenter? Is the carpenter right on time? Does the carpenter relevant and answers all your questions and doubts in satisfactory manner? If all these answers are yes then you can go on and hire the carpenter to do the job.
Once you decide to hire a carpenter, you should always try and give one try to reduce the price. This is what you call bargaining. There are many carpenters who gets convince to reduce price to a bit. First of all know the basics on what the carpenter makes the costing and then try to reduce the price on that basis. The cost is basically depended upon the labor and time involved in the carpentry work. Hence if you want to bring the cost down, you can try to cut off the time. Try to convince your carpenter to finish your work in least time possible. This will in turn reduce the labor cost and also the overall cost.