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Lead Carpenter

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

January 2014

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

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

Lead Carpenter - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Carpentry and Crew Management 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 Lead Carpenter Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Carpentry and Crew Management Service?Most Carpentry and Crew Management Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Lead 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 Lead Carpenter.
Do I need to use a licensed Lead Carpenter for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?You should use a licensed Lead Carpenter for any work that exceeds $500. To check a Lead Carpenter's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual.
Should I use an insured Lead Carpenter for my project?Your Lead Carpenter should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Lead Carpenter should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Lead Carpenter need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Lead Carpenter. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Lead 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.

Lead Carpenter - Services

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

Lead Carpenter - Finding and Hiring

Not every Lead 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 Lead 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 Lead Carpenter to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Lead Carpenter - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

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

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Lead Carpenter Hiring Guide

How to hire a Lead 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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