How To Find The Right Joiner

It is always hard finding a tradesman that can carry out the work at a time that suits, it is even harder finding a reliable and tidy tradesman who you will go back to time and time again and recommend to friends and family.

Finding the right joiner or joinery firm can not only improve your home or work space but can save you money in the long term. A skilled joiner will be able to carry out various tasks around the home or in your office, shop or warehouse, including:

  • Kitchen installations
  • Partition walls
  • Loft conversions
  • Office or shop fit outs
  • Decking
  • Stairs
  • Garage doors
  • Flooring
  • And much more…

Of course you may not need, or think you need a professional joiner for the work. At home you might get away with some DIY but if unskilled or unexperienced it can lead to far greater costs if something goes wrong. A better finish at home will lead to greater value if you ever go to sell your home, not to mention the improved aesthetics when you are living there. For larger projects a trained joiner is likely to have contacts in the trade, not only saving on material costs with trade discount but may have helpful contacts in the form of electricians or plasterers for projects such as home extensions.

Likewise, in the workplace in today’s world of lawsuits and health and safety fears and regulation, any work carried out needs to be done so by trained and insured professionals. That is why when hiring a joiner or contractor it is vital to seek professional qualifications and membership of a trade body such as Safe Contractor. With a Safe Contractor approved joiner you know that the work carried out will be to a high standard and will include public liability insurance – vital for any work done in or around public places or around employees.

Recommendations from a friend are useful, to an extent, however most people will not have the knowledge or have used enough different firms to have the experience to compare professionals. It is always best to look for or ask for references. A good joiner will have worked on some nice projects and will be able to show you examples of their work.

Finally, it is best to gain a sense of the timeframe the joiner expects to complete the work in. While you do not want a rushed job, a home or workplace project that drags on for weeks can be a nightmare and if you are running a business can lead to greater costs than opting for a potentially more expensive but more dedicated options – get a sense of how much of a priority your project will be and when the joiner expects to carry out the work and have the project completed.

Donna J. Seymour