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How to Price a Carpenter Job

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How to Price a Carpenter Job

When you need construction or renovation work done on your home, you have two options. If you have the skills and the time, you can do the work yourself. Another way to get the work done is to hire an expert. If you hire an expert, you’ll have the assurance of high-quality work performed in a timely manner.


One of the many things a carpenter must determine is how to price a carpenter job to provide quality work for customers, yet still make enough money to earn a living. Once you understand the factors that determine the price for a carpenter job, you can decide how much you want to spend and how you wish to proceed with the work.

    Compare bids you receive from different carpenters. Although the overall price is important – it’s not the only consideration.
  1. 1.Determine Carpentry Needs

    Plan the work you need or want to have done. Make a list of every improvement or detail included in the job. If you have specific considerations or needs for the work, include these details because they will have an impact on the project.

  2. 2.Assessing a Carpenter

    Request bids from two or three licensed carpenters to get an idea of the project price. In general, a carpenter will probably quote you a fixed price for a project. This price will include charges for performing the work and the materials. The carpenter will figure in an hourly rate, minimum fees and materials to arrive at the total price. You may be able to negotiate a price with the carpenter.


    You can verify a carpenter’s license by contacting local licensing boards. Ask for current references from any carpenter that you’re considering hiring and call the references to make sure that the carpenter delivered contracted work in a timely fashion.


    Check with a carpenter to ensure that the carpenter carries sufficient liability and worker’s compensation insurance. A carpenter’s bond will also protect you from issues involving contract nonperformance on the part of the carpenter.

  4. 3.Carpentry Services

    A carpenter may provide a variety of different services for a homeowner. Some of these services include the installation of built-in cabinetry and shelving; installing baseboards, molding and crown molding; and installing windows and doors.


    Compare bids you receive from different carpenters. Although the overall price is important – it’s not the only consideration. You must also assess experience and skills as you choose a carpenter. The professional you hire must have the skills necessary to perform the work you want and expect.


    Once you find a carpenter you want to hire, the next step is to draft a contract to agree on the terms of the project. The contract will stipulate the work performed (with detailed descriptions), materials used, prices and fees, warranties, insurance and deadlines for work completion and payments. Make sure you also include agreements about worker conduct, quality of workmanship, and details about any damage that occurs to your home during the construction process.


    With attention to all the details involved with renovating or improving your home, you’ll be in an ideal position to price a carpenter job and hire the best-suited professional for the work.

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