What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Trim carpenters can charge by the project, cut, or by the hour. My pricing will be determined only after I speak with my client and have a general idea of the work that needs to be performed.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I watch a lot of HG TV and programs like This Old House. I also keep my eyes open for the latest and greatest tools. I periodically attend woodworking seminars and am always interested in reading online articles.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My wife and I did a complete remodel of our kitchen in Excelsior, Mn. It was at that time that I learned what tools and skills were needed for building and remodeling.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Installing moulding and building custom cabinets
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I had a neighbor who broke the leg of his dining room table. He asked me if I could make one for him and I did. I milled, finished, and installed the leg and no one would ever know it was replaced.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You can't buy a Mercedes on a Volkswagen budget!
I have met too many people that hire the cheapest only to find that the craftsmanship was poor or the work was not completed.
Remember - you get what you pay for!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The cost of products and labor. Nothing in a home is simple, walls bow, ceilings sag, and 45 degree corners can be more or less. With that said, installing cabinets and trim can be a time consuming task.