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When you want to have a brand-new home built, are including a house extension or doing major home repairs, you have to employ a licensed contractor. There are hundreds of other building-related jobs that do not need large work crews or structural engineering. For these, a carpenter may be the perfect person for the job.
Carpenters are licensed specialists who carry out tasks that require more skill than those of a handyman, but do not require the training required to obtain a builder's license. Numerous carpenters get their training as home builders, but decide to get a carpenter's licence instead of a contractor's licence because they enjoy doing information work or want to specialise in a building-related niche. Simply some of a carpenter's specialties might be:
- Building pergolas or gazebos
- Doing formwork for concreting
- Structure decks or installing floor covering
- Installing windows and doors
- Interior restorations
- Setting up cladding
- Framework building and construction
In most states and territories, a carpenter's work is limited to "non-habitable" structures. With that exception, a carpenter can do practically anything for you a home builder can do and build a pergola. If they specialise in one or a couple of locations, they can perhaps be a better choice than a licensed builder because of their knowledge in their specific niche.
Choosing a Carpenter
It's constantly a great idea to obtain at least 3 quotes for any task. Carpenters often specialise in particular designs or products. When comparing quotes, take a look at examples of their previous work if they consist of images or a brochure in their quote. If they do not, you can always inquire to send you pictures. If the design is not as important as the quality of work, ask for referrals.