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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 Fells Point carpenters
Martha B.
Edgardo and his crew were awesome to work with. I needed skilled carpenters to do some tricky trim work in my 1880 row home. He didn't mind meeting me at Home Depot to brainstorm and decide on the various mouldings that would be right for my needs. I enjoyed the process of watching our ideas come to fruition. I will definitely call them again when I need a carpenter.
Bryce M.
Do not pay Michael progress payments!!! He took my money and didn't complete the mutually agreed project. I hired Michael to stain and fix two sets of doors so they would close properly for $750. He stained the outside of the first set of doors decently, he stained the inside of the first set of doors ok, he stained the outside of the second set of doors poorly, unfinished (shown in photo) and he then gave up, went home and didn't stain the inside of the second set of doors. He didn't make any repairs to the doors, except taking the broken bottom sliding latch from the front doors and keeping it. It should of been warning bell he wasn't a trained carpenter when he started staining the doors before the repairs on doors had been made, except I just didnt have the time to manage him. I spoke to Michael and he wanted $400 as a progress payment for the work he had completed, he told me his car was broken down and he needed money. I thought this a bit odd and it was way more than he had done but he seemed reliable and a nice guy so I paid him $200 and he said he would finish the job. I was out of the country for a week and returned to 4 text messages over the week from him asking for "progress payments" for the original work he had done, no more had been done. I called him and we went over what had been done and what was needed to be done to complete the job, we were in agreement. I encouraged him to complete, emphasizing the good parts of the stain and asked him to fix/ finish the rest of the job and said it would look good when done. He said he would come to finish the job the coming Saturday, As he seemed a nice enough guy and I wanted to encourage him to finish the job, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and paid him another $175. He said he would come the coming Saturday and finish the job. On the Friday when I reminded him to come Saturday, he made an excuse and said he would come a week later. Michael then stopped answering my texts and phone calls and it was only when I reminded him I still hadn't done his review on thumbtack, he replied. I got a message full of excuses why he took my money and hadn't returned and finished the job. They included his own time management of driving to the job and his very odd view of what percentage of the job was complete and how that justified taking money when not fulfilling a very clear agreement between us. I replied that all of this was irrelevant to our agreement and to come finish the job and get paid, he didn't reply. So here we are 3 months later, I've paid 50% of the quoted job to have some average staining half done and no carpentry work done. His positive reviews look like from small short handyman jobs. So if you do hire Michael I would just hire him for short handyman jobs, completed in 1-3 hours. Then pay him at the end of the day, that way there will be no disagreement of his travel arrangements, him having to quote correctly and % of job progress payments demands. Don't do 1-2 day job with carpentry, I actually suspect he may not of had the skills to complete this job and that is the real reason for all the excuses and the wasting of my time. I just wish I could of got the job completed :(
Keith Handyman ServiceKeith Handyman Service
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