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Finding a reliable and high quality craftsman for a job at your house in not an easy task. Choosing one to completely fulfill your and your family’s outdoor requirements is even harder. Even simple tasks such as roof or plumbing repairs can wreak havoc.

Planning an outdoor living setup for your family is not as easy as it sounds and there are a number of things you need to keep in mind before hiring a craftsman. Here’s what you need to consider:

1. Prior Experience
Before you hire anyone to upgrade your lifestyle, ask about their past works, and to show you a project portfolio. He should have proper credentials and prior experience with at least one reference from his previous clients, guaranteeing the credibility and standard of his craftsmanship work. If any of these are missing, you should think twice before taking making bets because a lot of money can go down the drain.

Tip: You can also check online for reviews or check testimonials on their website.

2. Quality of Work
The craftsman should be able to stand by his quality of work. He should have a proper portfolio in which he can display all his work to date. If the quality of the work is up to your standards, then only should you hire the person. He ought to have proper documentation on all the outdoor work he has done. It’s important to know all this before considering a lifestyle revamp.

Tip: Get in touch with his past customers to see how good and friendly he is.

3. Rate Per Hour
It is important for a craftsman to understand the high costs of buying new materials and equipment; before hiring him make sure that the money you are investing is worth what you are being offered in exchange: quality craftsmanship. If you feel he is overcharging for work which is barely acceptable and nothing extraordinary, you can politely say no. If the charges are unusually low and you still observe a lack of quality, there’s no point in going forward with it. If your craftsman is clearly able to demonstrate quality and consistency, without the rates being too unreasonable, you should hire him.

Tip: Always look for a number of options before you finalize one. However, remember that expensive is not always good and cheap can often be bad.

4. Your Requirements
Organize your thoughts and understand what your requirements are. What do you need to get restored, what are the things that need to build from the ground up and what is your craftsman good at building. All these things matter as you have the last word on how you feel your outdoor kitchen or  living area can be improved and what set of skills are required of the craftsman to complete the job. For instance, is he a better carpenter than he is a plumber? Does he have more know-how as an electrician? These factors play a major role in deciding if your craftsman is the right person for upgrading your outdoor lifestyle.

Tip: Ask your craftsman to explain what he understands so that you are on the same page.

We are hopeful these simple yet effective tips will help you find the expert you need.

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