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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
Thumbtack Customer
I am a carpenter of 40+yrs and had John come in to help me with some interior trim and job built cabinetry on an ongoing project. He accurately and honestly represented to me his ability and competence and I was very pleased to have him on the job and to experience the quality of his workmanship! Will not hesitate who to call next time I'm in need of a good trim carpenter. Clean, professional and very personable. Call this guy!
Symbio Building Solutions LLCSymbio Building Solutions LLC
Sarah v.
Stephen, did a great job. He was able to come out right away, did the job well and quickly and for a good price. If I need a carpenter I would definitely call him again
Prestige Native Designs LLCPrestige Native Designs LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Awful experience!! We communicated for three weeks....I was patient, not a problem to wait for when he would be available. He set a date and then 2 days prior said "I took other work." Total waste of my time. Why did he state he would do the job...even send a quote and then flake out? Go with another carpenter .... Stay away.
"Charlie's Carpentry""Charlie's Carpentry"
Thumbtack Customer
Heather & H&M team was hired to design and build full wall of home office shelves, cabinets and drawers. The shelves included recessed lighting with dimmers. Heather provided concepts, modified concepts, including hardware choices, brought carpenter to site for final review, and project was completed ahead of my schedule. Flawless execution from first meeting to installation - fit and finish are stunning!
H&M Designs - a woodworking companyH&M Designs - a woodworking company
Thumbtack Customer
We had crown moulding done for 2 large rooms. Chris was very professional to deal with. The carpenter Chris sent was great. I did have issue with some of the work, but Chris came out and fixed it, as he Guarenteed he would. The job was done in an extremely timely manner and we love the moulding!!!! Thanks Chris for a great job at a more than fair price!!!
VAL'S BRUSH Painting Services, LLCVAL'S BRUSH Painting Services, LLC
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