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4 Things To Check Before Briefing A Carpenter

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Let’s face it – it’s not easy for all of us to ask for help. Especially when it comes to doing the small, odd jobs in the house, for some reason, the sons and the fathers are supposed to be naturally equipped for it! One of my sofa’s leg started shaking so my mom told me to fix it. I tried my best and ended up just damaging the sofa all the more! Finally, I decided to call the carpenter and get the thing fixed.

I got to learn something from this experience. Yes, the carpenter will come and fix the thing for you. But, there are a few things you check before briefing your carpenter, to ensure that everything gets done the right way.

Things to Check Before Briefing Carpenter

1. Check the problem yourself but don’t try to act like an expert

Yes, there are a few things all of us can fix all by ourselves. But more often than not, furniture repair can be both complex and dangerous. After all, you are dealing with wood and nails, two things you don’t usually use on a daily basis.

Hence, have a look at the problem and ask yourself genuinely – can I fix this myself? If you hesitate even for a second, just call the carpenter and ask him to do it for you.

2. Tell the carpenter about the problem you have and let him fix it with a proper solution

Here is the deal – if you are a software programmer, your client will tell you about the problem she is trying to solve and you will provide a solution. If you are an architect, your client will tell you about her requirements, and you will provide her with a solution. The same dynamic applies here too. It doesn’t matter whether you are calling the carpenter from an app or from some mutual contact. Once you have hired a professional to do the job for you – let him give you the solution. He has been doing this for years and naturally, is better equipped to solve the problem for you.

3. Check the market prices of the materials the carpenter will need

The former point talked about trusting your carpenter. This one is talking about conducting proper due diligence. So once when the carpenter came to repair the couch, I had already Googled the price for industrial glue and wood. That helped me to get an estimate of the total work. Here is one more thing you can do – if time is not a major constraint, go with the carpenter and get the materials.

You are not doubting the guy. You are just trying to save your hard-earned money. They are two different things!

4. Check your schedule

It will never make sense to just go out when you are having a carpenter working at your place. The carpenter may need more material, the carpenter may discover a bigger problem or one of the other thousand possible things may go wrong. At the end of the day, it’s your house and your furniture and you should stand up to the responsibility. Also, try not to have your loved ones especially children and senior citizens around the working area. No matter what amount of home cleaning you do, till all the work is done and dusted, don’t let them go near the premise.

At the end of it all, I learned that carpenters are professionals like all of us. And like all of us need our work-space, we should give them just enough freedom to do the very job we hired them to do. Sure, you may need a deep cleaning session after all of it, but it will be totally worth it!

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