Looking for a carpenter in Perth?
There are plenty of options whether you look on Airtasker, the Yellow Pages or Google carpenters in your local suburb. But with 47,126 carpenters across Australia, not all carpenters are the same.
Anyone can claim they know how to install cabinets or fix your fixtures, but the devil is in the detail. Like any service, you should compare carpenters and be prepared to ask the tough questions to separate the average from the awesome.
At Bob Fougere Carpentry Services we have over 20 years’ experience in the residential and commercial building industry, so we know what it takes to deliver a high-class service.
If you’re looking for a skilled carpenter who can handle everything from odd jobs around your home to major renovation projects like a home office or home extension, here are the 8 crucial questions you need to ask first.
#1 - “Do you have a project gallery I can look at?”
Experience isn’t everything in the carpentry industry - but it’s worth a lot.
A great Perth carpenter should have a professional website with a portfolio or gallery of completed projects. This will let you see what their handiwork looks like and give you an insight into how your home or business could look in the future.
Wondering what an eye-catching project gallery looks like? Check out our ‘Before and After’ gallery here!
#2 - “What carpentry services do you offer?”
Carpenters provide an array of services including:
- Creating shelves
- Building and installing cabinets
- Laying flooring
- Building decks and patios
- Constructing house framework
- Building wardrobes
- Maintaining and repairing fixtures and fittings
- And so much more...
With so much variety, always check to make sure your Perth carpenter specialises in the home improvement services you need. At Bob Fougere Carpentry Services we complete practically any timber-related project from decking to gazebos and roofing, so you’re always in expert hands.
#3 - “Do you provide free quotes?”
You’ll have a budget in mind for your home improvement needs, so make this known when you reach out to different Western Australian carpenters. Aim to get in touch with a minimum of 3 local carpenters (you can find them through word of mouth referrals, Google, online directories etc) and request a free quote.
All reputable carpenters will be happy to provide a 100% free quote, so consider this a green flag.
#4 - “Who are your sub-contractors?”
Depending on the size of your project, your Perth carpenter may bring onboard sub-contractors to help get the job done quickly and efficiently. Always ask about sub-contractors because they’ll be working in and around your home and office.
Don’t be afraid to ask about sub-contractors. All great Perth carpenters will have built a reliable team of sub-contractors who treat your home or business as if it was their own.
#5 - “How long will the project take?”
Obviously each project will have its own timeline.
Installing new kitchen cabinets will be quicker than building a full room extension on your Perth home. It’s worth asking for an estimated timeline of completion to stay informed and ensure your carpenter isn’t dragging out the building process.
A delayed project can run up excess costs, or provide an unwelcome disruption to your life, so check in and get a feel for your carpenter’s project management approach and what processes they have in place to keep things moving forward.
#6 - “Do you offer warranties for my peace of mind?”
Working with timber can lead to problems down the line, as each piece of timber can have its own unique make-up.
To protect you against any unforeseen problems, ask about warranties.
At Bob Fougere Carpentry Services we’re proud to offer a 12-month warranty on all finished products. After 20 years helping Western Australian families and business owners transform their properties we’re confident our timber projects will go the distance, but if defects do occur it’s nice to know you’re protected.
#7 - “Will you be the one completing the project?”
It’s easy to get swept up by the bigger players in the Perth carpentry industry, but bigger isn’t always better.
Many times you’ll speak to a carpenter on the phone, but meet an entirely new team when it’s time to work on your cabinets or repair cracks in your decking. This disconnect is frustrating and can lead to mistakes and miscommunication.
At Bob Fougere Carpentry Services you’ll speak to me (I’m Bob!) and I’ll be the one working on your project. In fact, give me a buzz on my personal mobile on 0439 090 287 to speak to me about your project directly.
#8 - “How will you improve my home or business?”
You know what changes you want, but can your Perth carpenter explain how they’ll take your ideas and turn them into reality?
Home improvements fall into a variety of categories, including:
An experienced and skilled carpenter will have a plan of attack for every area of your Perth home or business, so put them to test and hear first-hand how they plan on transforming your space.
Are you looking for a skiller and affordable Perth carpenter?
Congratulations, you’ve now got all the info you need to interview potential Perth carpenters and find one that’s right for you.
Whether you’re looking for residential carpentry in Perth, commercial carpentry in Perth, home maintenance or home renovations, you’ll be able to quickly spot the good, the bad and the ugly without investing a cent.
Ready to claim a 100% FREE quote on your next carpentry job? Get in touch today for a fast and fair price.