Carpenters provide a variety of services such as constructing, erecting, installing, and repairing structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from formwork on large scale construction jobs to residential house building and renovation. On the residential side of things, carpenters frame walls and partitions, put in floors, doors and windows, build stairs, construct and/or put together cabinets and furniture.
Recently we carried out a price survey with carpenters on our website. We asked them to let us know what a typical price per hour or per day would be and if they had any tips for the customer on having a good experience with the tradesman. Here are a sample of the replies we received below:-
Barry from Cork: €35 an hour in cork including vat. Tips: 1. Talk to a tradesperson 1st before buying any material. Clients buy doors , floors etc and they are poor quality. They also pay way over for product. 2. Dont get a tradesman just because he is available within 2 weeks. Any good tradesman will have 4-6 weeks booked in. 3. If you pay a deposit, only pay it once you have recieved an invoice.
Bernard from Dublin: To complete a quality job and have a satisfied customer my rate is €35 per hr. Advise the customer on all aspects of the works that will be carried out. By completing a job properly you will also get recommended for future works.
Terence from Dublin: My daily rate is typically 350 to 400 per day depending on location. Further away incurs higher costs. Smaller jobs would have 75 to 100 euro call out fee plus materials. TIPS: Be clear with the job description. Focus on WHAT you need done rather than HOW you think it should be done. Saying something like “its a small job should only take a few hours” is not a good thing to say. As tradesmen we know how long something will take. These statements indicate that you are looking for something cheap. As everyone knows you get what you pay for. We are unlikely to buy these leads. Be clear with timelines. Make sure to state that you are ready to go. This has a better chance of success. Its ok to state that you are just pricing but be clear about that.
Vasile from Dublin: I don’t work by the hour. If you want something specific like installing doors (€100 hinges and lock /handle). And all the other bespoke furniture like alcove units or tv media. They are all different and I don’t have a fixed charge. TIP: Don’t always get the cheapest quote and ask for reviews and previous work pictures if possible
Thomas from Wexford: You would be talking about 35 to 40 per hour incl taxes and as for tips always get at least 3 quotes and references.
Donal from Dublin: Carpentry jobs can vary greatly depending on type of Carpentry work, roof work and finish Carpentry would be the highest price at roughly €35 an hour on site works but most price by the job itself. A good guide to a lot of work would be to price materials and double it for labour work on top of this and you’ll get a closer idea of the overall cost of the job.
Norman from Meath: For general carpentry around the house such as hanging doors, skirtings, architraves etc, my basic rate would be €25 per hr for labour, building units/cupboards/presses etc would be up to €30 per hr. For more specialised projects such as walk in wardrobes I would calculate a supply and fit price based on the customers ideas and requirements. For those type of projects, it’s always best to make a scale drawing or even a 3-d drawing so the customer can picture the space and see if it all lines up with their vision and expectation.
Thanks to all of the tradesmen who responded to our survey. I hope this helps some of you who are planning to carry out a carpentry job in the near future. Don’t forget that you can get a number of quotes for carpentry jobs by posting your job on our website at https://www.tradesmen.ie/trade/carpenters-joiners
At Tradesmen.ie, we are continuing to provide our service within the restrictions that apply. Please feel free to look for quotes but only work that complies with the government guidelines should be carried out until these restrictions are lifted.
See you next time!
11 Sept 2021
General Tips for hiring a tradesman
Here are some tips to consider when hiring a tradesman:-
1. Ask for phone numbers of references so that you can check them out
2. Check insurance of the tradesman where insurance is required
3. Hire a suitably qualified architect, building surveyor or building engineer if the job is anything to do with a new build, building renovation or extension
4. Agree on some sort of stage payments for the job. Remember that full payment should not be made until the job is complete and has been inspected by you, and if necessary by a certifier.