Top 5 Questions To Ask A Carpenter Before You Hire Them…
- What Are Your Qualifications? Did You Do An Apprenticeship?
To work as a carpenter in Victoria, you are not required to have done a 4 year apprenticeship. Some who claim to be carpenters are only self-taught handymen. The majority of carpentry work involves structural work and knowledge of the Building Code of Australia. It’s not worth the risk to trust it to someone who doesn’t have proper training.
- Do You Have Public Liability And Personal Accident Insurance?
Having public liability and personal accident insurance shows a tradesperson is serious about their business. Having these insurances ensures that if any accidents or damage occurs to either the contractor, yourself or your house, you will be covered.
- Do You Clean Up After Your Work Is Done?
There is nothing worse than being left with sawdust, timber offcuts and random nails scattered about, even if your carpenter has done a good job with the work required. Cleaning up and not leaving your client with a mess should be part of the entire project.
- Do You Have A Current Copy Of The National Construction Code And The Timber Framing Manual?
These 2 manuals outline the Australian Standards for residential building including the standards for all foundations (stumps, slabs), wall frames, bathrooms, fire resistance, sustainability and health and amenity. These manuals are updated each year and must be adhered to in doing any form of residential building work. A carpenter who has this information takes their trade seriously and your project seriously.
- Will You Provide Referees For Me To Contact About Your Work History?
Previous clients are a great way to get some background information on how your prospective carpenter is like to deal with and what the quality of their work is like. It’s also a perfect opportunity for you to ask any specific questions you may have about your particular project. A reliable carpenter should easily be able to provide you with the contact details of three previous clients.