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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Do you tip cabinet installers?

In general, home service providers such as electricians, plumbers and contractors are professionals who don’t expect tips. They expect to do a job for you for the specific price they quoted. Of course, they may appreciate a tip for a job particularly well done or for which they’ve gone beyond what’s normally expected, such as completing the project early or under budget. Even better than a tip, it’s always appropriate to leave a positive review online after a good experience.

How much is custom cabinetry?

Custom cabinets can be built for any room, including bedroom closets and built-in armoires. Measured carefully and built precisely, custom cabinetry can increase storage and beautify any room. The national average for building custom cabinets ranges from $500 to $1,200 per linear foot. The cost is highly variable because there are so many styles, colors, glazes and other options. In general, the linear footage of the cabinets, the materials used to build them, and the cost of the labor will determine the cost. Solid wood costs more than plywood and wood veneer, and costs vary among different types of wood; maple and cherry cabinets are more expensive than pine. Glass-front cabinets can cost more, as can decorative hinges, handles and door pulls, which can cost $2-$45 each; choose carefully to stay within your budget and pull off the exact look you’re going for. Some carpenters also charge for installation, on average $100 per cabinet box. Additional molding and trim, such as crown molding at the ceiling, cost an average of $70 per 8-foot section, and adding finished ends to exposed cabinets averages $100-$200.

How much does it cost to have kitchen cabinets installed?

In any kitchen, the cabinets are the main focus, so you want to make sure new or replacement cabinets are installed correctly. A professional carpenter can properly, securely mount new cabinets to the wall; the national average cost for this service is $7,725, although the cost varies widely depending on the type of cabinets, their material and their size, and the accessories you add. A typical fee is $70 per linear foot to remove existing cabinets and assemble and install new ones; the cost is less if you do the demolition and removal yourself. Stock cabinets are the least expensive to have installed, ranging from $75 to $400 each; semi-custom cabinets range from $150 to $900 each; and custom cabinets cost from $500 to $1,400 each. Wood cabinets are more expensive than those made from plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and finished with a laminate. Wood cabinets range in cost from $80 to $160 per linear foot. Laminate-finished cabinets cost $35 to $75 per linear foot, on average.

Who is a carpenter and what do they do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who build things out of wood. Depending on what the carpenter builds, they may be referred to by various names. A framer is a carpenter who puts up the framing on a house. A trim or finish carpenter installs the finishing touches of prefabricated or custom trim and detail work once a house has been built and the walls are up. A furniture maker or woodworker builds furniture — such as tables, beds and dressers — out of wood. A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who builds custom and semi-custom wood cabinets. If you’re having a home built or remodeled, your general contractor will either provide or subcontract the carpentry work for the framing, cabinets and trim. You can hire a carpenter directly to update the trim in your home, build you a piece of custom furniture, or repair or replace your wood cabinets.

Do carpenters build houses?

Carpenters are trained to work with wood. That means that any part of your home that is built of wood is very likely to involve a carpenter. Framing carpenters will put up the wood that makes up the bones of your home. If you’re having a wood floor installed, it may be done by a carpenter — although being a carpenter is not a requirement to install flooring. Trim, baseboards, wainscoting and any other detail work is typically installed by a finish carpenter. The wood boxes of custom cabinets will be built and installed by a carpenter.

Although all of these components in your new or remodeled home are built by carpenters who specialize in building things with wood, a general contractor typically oversees construction of the entire house. If the general contractor is also a carpenter skilled in all these areas, they may well construct your entire home. More often, the general contractor subcontracts out the various building stages to different individuals, including carpenters.

How do you find a good carpenter?

To find a good carpenter near you, do the following:

  • Use Thumbtack to find a list of carpenters in your area.
  • Filter the list by selecting a specific carpentry service, such as general carpentry or cabinetry. 
  • Identify carpenters who have high ratings.
  • View the carpenters’ profiles and learn more about their specialties. 
  • Read their customer reviews and look at photos of their past work.

After you get a good sense of their quality of work, make sure the carpenter has the necessary credentials in your state. Then, request several cost estimates for your project(s).

Reviews for Ashburn carpenters
Michael P.
Chris did an amazing job! The molding he did totally changed the look of the room I had him do and wow it looks awesome. I have plenty more jobs for him coming up. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a carpenter.
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Thumbtack Customer
roger did an excellant job building steps to my new double wide. he was very polite and respectful and friendly, and was very fast in his work, but he did a perfect professional job. already just completed today, and neighbors are already complimenting his work. very talented carpenter.....
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David A.
I found Chris through Thumbtack for installing the Trim for our new home which had miles of custom door, base and crown molding trim. He was on time, neat, well organized and had all the right tools to perform the work properly. I would highly recommend Chris at Hawk Classic Carpentry for anyone looking for a good honest Trim Carpenter.
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Andrew M.
Rick with Texas Custom Woodworks is an expert! No task or job seems beyond his capabilities! I appreciated Rick's timely response, composed demeanor, and overall professionalism regardless of the situation at hand. Specifically, I valued Rick's insight and professional recommendations on my project. In fact, I had originally only intended to do crown moulding in one room. Because I was so impressed with his initial work, I immediately decided to have him come back and complete the entire home! Nothing less than amazing outcome...zero regrets! Additionally, I discovered in conversation with Rick he was exactly who I was looking for on a separate, unrelated project. I decided to give him another opportunity for a separate home project on an staircase installation and upstairs buildout. Wow...amazed! Rick was easy to communicate with, helped with input on the project conceptual design, kept me focused and organized, and made essential recommendations leveraging his expertise. Throughout Rick's work onsite, he exhibited focus, honesty in correcting mistakes and making it right, and going above and beyond -- very pleased! If you need someone who is not only an expert carpenter, but who will go above and beyond then contact Rick at Texas Custom Woodworks. I would recommend this company's services to my friends, family, and others. I will be having additional work done soon with Texas Customer Woodworks.
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