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Finish Carpenter

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Finish Carpentry Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Finish Carpenter, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Finish Carpenter commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Finish Carpenter? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Finish Carpentry Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Finish Carpenter - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Finish Carpentry Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results. Download the Finish Carpenter Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Finish Carpentry Service?Most Finish Carpentry Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Finish Carpenter ranges from $48 to $71. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Finish Carpenter.
Do I need to use a licensed Finish Carpenter for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Finish Carpenter must be licensed to provide most Finish Carpentry Services. To check a Finish Carpenter's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.
Should I use an insured Finish Carpenter for my project?Your Finish Carpenter should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Finish Carpenter should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Finish Carpenter need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Finish Carpenter. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Finish Carpenter's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Finish Carpenter - Services

A Finish Carpenter can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Finish Carpentry Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Finish Carpenter - Finding and Hiring

Not every Finish Carpenter has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Finish Carpenter matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Finish Carpenter to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Finish Carpenter - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Finish Carpenter. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Finish Carpenter. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Finish Carpenter's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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Finish Carpenter Hiring Guide

How to hire a Finish Carpenter

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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