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Master Carpenter

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

January 2014

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

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

Master Carpenter - FAQ

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

Master Carpenter - Services

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

Master Carpenter - Finding and Hiring

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

Master Carpenter - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

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

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Master Carpenter Hiring Guide

How to hire a Master 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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