Hiring a joinery specialist is not something we do every day, of course, so when you need a professional you might not be sure about the best way to go about it. There are several ways to get the ball rolling, and once you start the process you will find it relatively simple to narrow down the list of potential professionals.
Among the main issues you need to consider are:
Where to start the process?
Perhaps the first thing you need to think about is whether you can trust the joinery company to complete the job on time, to your specifications and for a fair price. Starting to find one from scratch can be difficult, but it’s worth asking your friends, relatives and neighbours if they have someone they would be willing to recommend. All tradespeople know that the best advertisement for their work is a satisfied customer.
Turning a long list into a short list
Once you have a few names on your list, it’s a good idea to do a little research on each one. Do they have the right qualifications? Are they members of any relevant professional bodies? Are they skilled enough to bring your visions to reality? Will they be able to get the work done within the budget that you have available?
For most of us now, the phone book has been replaced by the internet, and you can do a great deal of homework about your candidates on the worldwide web. Be sure to look at their websites to see if they have details of case studies to show you what they are capable of. If any of your candidates don’t offer many details of their work, it may be best to avoid them.
Reputation is everything
A specialist joinery company is often only as good as their previous work, so be sure to check out online reviews from previous customers. These will often give you vital information about the quality of the services they provide, of course, but they can also tell you about the attitude they have towards keeping the customer happy.
Ask about the price, always ask about the price
Every potential customer has a fixed budget in mind when they need a new project in the home, so once you have a list of professionals in hand ask them to provide quotes. If they offer a free survey, so much the better. While the price may not be the only criteria that matter to you, it should be borne in mind that your chosen joinery company will need to offer value for money.
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