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How to find a skilled, local carpenter

Looking to tackle some carpentry projects? Whether it’s custom loft cabinets or fixing that creaky staircase, finding the right carpentry or joinery service can make all the difference.  

What a carpenter or joiner can help with 

A good rule of thumb is: if it involves wood, it’ll probably need a carpenter or joiner. Whether you’re looking to install new wooden tiling or want bespoke kitchen fittings like custom cabinets, a carpenter can help with a large range of jobs. These include: 

  • Building and installing structures that are made of wood or wood substitutes such as doors, door frames, decking, windows, wooden flooring, cabinets, staircases, and partition walls 
  • Repairing damaged furniture 
  • Cutting and shaping timber for floorboards, skirting boards and window frames 
  • Building temporary wooden supports to hold setting concrete in place (shuttering) 

Carpenters are particularly handy if you’re trying to add space-saving storage solutions to your home, such as in a loft with low ceilings or in a small bathroom. 

Not all carpenters and joiners are specialised in all these skills, so make sure you add plenty of details about your project when you post a job to find the right tradesperson.  


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Factors to consider when hiring a carpenter 

Avoid unnecessary stress and expensive repairs down the line by hiring a skilled carpentry service to help you with your next home improvement. Look out for carpenters that: 

  1. Are an experienced company with a strong history of successful projects  
  2. Have all the necessary licenses and insurance needed to protect you and their workers 
  3. Have a good range of positive reviews from previous customers vouching for their reliability  
  4. Are offering the carpentry or joinery service you need, and are available to carry out the work in the timeframe you need it to be completed by 
  5. Are quoting a price and payment option that you are happy with, having compared the quote with other local carpentry companies  

A local carpenter or joiner is more likely to respond as they’ll be right around the corner and ready to help.  

Post a job today to find a skilled carpenter or joiner in your area. 

How much does it cost to hire a carpenter? 

How much your carpentry or joinery project will cost you depends on a range of factors, including the scope of the job and where you live in the UK. 

Typical carpentry rates range from between £25 and £65 per hour, or between £150 and £450 a day.  

As well as this, costs for other common carpentry jobs include:  

  • Between £30 and £60 an hour to repair cabinets  
  • Between £900 and £2,000 to build a fitted wardrobe  
  • Between £100 and £200 to hang a new door (labour cost only) 

If you’re looking to get a wooden fence or garden security fencing, speak to a fencing specialist

For a more accurate, free quote for your project and location, speak to a skilled carpenter or joiner in your local area today. 

Planning permission for carpentry jobs  

Most woodwork projects don’t require planning permission. However, there are some exceptions, such as: 

For more information on whether or not your carpentry project will require planning permission, consult the Planning Portal website and our planning permission guide

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What qualifications does a carpenter need?  

Carpentry and joinery work don’t require specific certificates or qualifications in the UK, though your carpenter may have completed a woodwork apprenticeship or course to learn the trade.  
The best thing to do is ask about recent work and references. This will give you peace of mind that your carpenter or joiner has had plenty of happy customers and will get the job done properly. When you’re finding a carpenter through Rated People, head over to their profile to check out the pictures on their work gallery and their ratings and reviews. 

Questions to ask a carpenter 

Here are some questions to ask before you hire a carpenter or joiner to help you refurbish and renovate your home: 

Are you licensed and insured? 

Make sure to ask your carpenter what insurance they have before you hire them. While it’s not a requirement, it’s a good idea for your carpenter to have valid public liability insurance. This protects both you and your carpenter in case anything goes wrong during the job. 

How many years of experience do you have? 

Knowing how many years of experience your carpenter has will allow you to pick a carpenter who you are confident has sufficient expertise to carry out a high quality job. When you’re finding a roofer through Rated People, head over to their profile to check out the pictures on their work gallery and their ratings and reviews. 

How much will the job cost? 

Asking how much the job will cost will help you budget for your project and will ensure price transparency before you hire. How much you’ll end up spending depends on the scope of your project, and where you live in the UK, so make sure you add plenty of details when you post a job. 

How long will the job take? 

Knowing what your project’s estimated timeline is will help you set realistic expectations about how long your roof renovation will take to complete. 


We have 25 years of experience in construction and a large team that can complete any job of any size . All of our clients have had a great experience working with us. All work completed is done to the best quality and standard .

At WJP Paving & Landscaping we have more than thirty years’ experience in the trade the landscape gardeners at WJP Paving & Landscapes provide outstanding landscaping services to commercial and domestic customers in Swindon and the surrounding area! We are a reliable firm of gardeners and are proud of the great eye for detail and unrivalled knowledge and experience of our team. No two garden designers are the same which means that every project undertaken by WJP Paving & Landscapes has its own unique twist making it eye catching, functional and easy to maintain.

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Reviewed by Stephen on 12/3/2024

WJP were reliable and enthusiastic.

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We are a new company but with more than 10 years experience, working in construction companies. We can do painting and decoration, tiling, wood and metal work.

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Reviewed by Tara on 13/12/2023

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Oscar, who helped to decorate my whole flat, and I am thrilled with the exceptional job he did. Not only did he provide a fair and reasonable quote but they always went above and beyond to accommodate an urgent request. The professionalism, efficiency and timely completion of the work were truly impressive. I would highly recommend Oscars services to anyone in need of a skilled painter and decorator. It was a stress free and positive experience - very grateful!

Welcome to Nation windows Ltd, We strive upon our reliability and provide friendly customer service. As a result of we have built a strong foundation in our region. Each of Our collection is built to meet the customer’s criteria and demands. A home can be completely revitalized with the installation of aluminum and U.P.V.C windows and doors. We guarantee 100% customer satisfaction, with exquisite finish to our products to match your residents. Furthermore, using these materials is more sustainable for you and the environment as they can enhance your house energy consumption efficiency, weather resistance and security. We provide a wide range of design options and surface treatments so that your new windows and doors can be personalized to your exact specifications. There is a broad variety of colour option and designs available to you. Our installers are all skilled professionals that take pride in their work and are committed to giving you the best possible outcome for your home renovation. Our staff of in-house installers has been with Nation windows for years, so you know they are reliable and that we don't outsource the work.

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Reviewed by ILYAS on 17/7/2024

Had a window and front door fitted by Nation Windows. Overall the experience was good. The new fitting has made such a difference to our hallway. When they came to fit the window and door, Sunny and his fitters immediately put down dust sheets. We found them to do a clean job and were very polite throughout. Both Pam and Sunny were very helpful and friendly. They were true to there word to fix two minor issues after the fitting, So thank you.

We are a small family business with 20 years experience in the trade. We cover South West London. We give free quotes and estimates. We take pride in our workmanship and deliver professional quality on time. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 30/6/2023

Greg did a lovely job! Very happy with his service!

experienced enough to Know Small enough to care dedicated to care 30 years of experience in the trade. References to check last 10 years From under pining new basement conversion. converting property's in to flats THANKS FOR LOOKING.

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Reviewed by John on 22/3/2021

Ray and his team did an extensive refurbishment for me in Hackney . I didn’t know him before and took three quotes from other builders as is recommended . His pricing is competitive and he came up with a comprehensive quote . Plus he is an affable chap and seemed trustworthy. So we went ahead . The property refurbished is approx 130 sq m so it was a big job . Initial stages were stripping the property out and removing a huge amount of rubble . When builders are in your house it’s difficult to see

Intra Urban are an established property maintenance and window company based in SW London. Our friendly team of highly experienced engineers and tradespeople are here to support all your building and maintenance needs. We have extensive experience working on various trade platforms and for estate agents across London. We now look forward to serving our customers on Rated People. We ensure that our engineers and tradespeople deliver high-quality work on every project. However, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong, all our building and maintenance work includes a 12-month guarantee. Additionally, we offer a 10-year insurance-backed warranty for our window installations. We take pride in being competitive with our estimates and guarantee that your requests and needs are valued and fulfilled throughout the project. Services We Offer: Building: House Refurbishments - Bathroom Refurbishments - Kitchen Refurbishments - Garden Studios - Garage Conversions. Painting & Decorating: Interiors - Exteriors - Woodwork - Windows - Commercial Premises - Schools. Windows & Doors - Supply and Install UPVC Casement & Sash Windows - Wooden Sash Windows - Composite Doors - Patio Doors - Bi-Fold Doors.

PIU Plumbing and Heating have over 10 years experience within all plumbing services from minor to major work such as the below;   - Bathroom design and installation - Showers repairs and replacements - Wet room installation - Drainage - Guttering - Bathroom blockages - Dishwasher/Washing machine installation - General Plumbing repairs and maintenance - Water main installation/repair - Radiators valve repairs and replacements

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Reviewed by Brian on 24/5/2019

He turned up when expected did the job well took all the rubbish away no problem.pleasant to deal with would recommend him.

exspiriens 15 years

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Reviewed by Rosemary on 4/4/2024

Fantastic guy, very helpful ????

Carpentry, home repairs, painting and decorating - mostly interior work. But also repairing and repointing. Works alone but can get a team for bigger jobs. Big and small jobs. Serving mainly West and North West London. Over 10 years of experience.

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Reviewed by mehdi on 28/6/2024

Redi and his colleague came quickly, priced up clearly and returned to complete the repairs in two days. Firstly they arrive on time as agreed, the work was only completed today but from what I see Redi and his colleague are skilled, careful and diligent tradesmen. The respected my home throughout their time here and left the bedroom very tidy on completion. I am happy to recommend them and provide them 5* for their work and manners.

Welcome to Alfreds Garden & Landscaping. We are a family run business have been established since 2005. We do a wide range of gardening services including patios, fencing, tufting-trees and hedges and we use local products. We also use quality materials and we aim to please at a high standard. I would like to thank you for looking at my profile and feel be obliged to give me a call. Thank you.... ALFREDS GARDEN SERVICES.......

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Reviewed by Mary on 11/7/2024

Arranged to travel a long wY tomeet at the property. They rang to say they were 15 mins late. At 30 minutes I rang them. Still in a queue waiting to empty the van! Not reliable

We do all aspects of building work Roofing, patios, driveway, decking, painting, electrical and more

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Reviewed by Lisa on 14/5/2023

Reliable, friendly, am really pleased with the work they did. Would definitely recommend.

NRJ Electrical is a fully registered company that completes every task and job to the highest standards possible. We are a highly reliable company who deal with every customers needs in a flexible and friendly manner.

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Reviewed by sharon on 25/5/2024

Professional qualified plumber and heating engineer highly experienced in domestic plumbing and heating maintenance and repairs underfloor heating specialist

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Reviewed by Sonali on 17/7/2024

Daniel was great. Super clear and helpful.

reconstruct-it specialises in the following: - Insurance repair work - Emergency work - Kitchens and bathrooms We also offer Disaster Restoration services including: - Leak detection and emergency plumbing - Flood and water damage - Fire and smoke damage - Deep cleaning & disinfection services including bed bugs - Graffiti and vandalism restoration - Mould removal and inspection We serve both the commercial and residential markets. Insurance Claims We also specialise in managing insurance claims through our sister company Settld Ltd, and can advise if your job is potentially an insurable event. If it is, we can talk to your insurer and manage the claim on your behalf. Because we understand insurers we can get you a better settlement than if you tackle the insurer yourself. Our service is free if we are appointed to complete the repair works. We will take all the hassle away by: - Checking if your claim is valid; - Surveying the damage; - Creating repair schedules in line with insurance practice; - Negotiating with your insurer and their representatives; and - Managing the contractors and quality of reinstatement works. We carry the following credentials: - British Damage Management Association - Membership Chartered Institute of Building - FCA compliant, where loss assessing through our sister company Settld Ltd. (Settld Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Citrus Funding. Citrus Funding is a trading name of Andrew Smith which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.)

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Reviewed by Mandy on 14/1/2024

Hi we are a family and friends business who try cater for all home improvements.we try build a relationship with our customers and give the best reasonable price that our customer can afford.and do the best job where the customer is 100% satisfied .

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Reviewed by Angie on 19/7/2024

Tom Griffiths

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Reviewed by Robert on 1/7/2024

Thoroughly professional, and polite and helpful too. A good job done.

Experienced Builder with over 20 Years experience based at Preston, but also covers the areas of Blackpool, Lancaster, Morecambe, Kendal and The Lake District. We specialise in House Extensions and Garage / Loft Conversions. Full Kitchen & Bathroom design supply and fit service, including tiling and flooring. Full Garden design and landscaping, driveways and patios. No job is too big for us. Ourselves and all our tradesman are fully qualified and insured. If you would like an informal chat about your project, then feel free to contact us.

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Reviewed by Malcolm on 11/9/2021

This rating is for the refurbishment of downstairs cloakroom, ensuite and main bathrooms. This included replacing bathroom suites, new ceilings with light and ventilation fans, full tiling and laminate floors. Probably not the cheapest but the work was completed to a high standard and all tradesmen were pleasant and understood our requirements.

HS maintenance we do every thing in the property we used to look after 1500 property around Manchester area we just start our business now with rated people we used just to pay to see how's goes with them try us you will recommend us to other people we are fast and give quality of work

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Reviewed by Sa on 25/8/2023

Hamid was thorough, punctual and did a great job. Listen to his advice and you’ll be impressed. Just make sure your floors are protected.. Other than that, I will definitely consider using his services again

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