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Joiners in Bloemfontein

Meaning “fountain of flowers” or “blooming fountain” in Afrikaans and Dutch, Bloemfontein is also called ‘Bloem’ by locals. It is the capital city of South Africa’s Free State Province and one of the country’s three national capitals (the other two being Cape Town and Pretoria).

Bloemfontein is located approximately in the centre of South Africa, bordering on the semi-arid region of the Karoo. The city experiences a semi-arid climate with hot summer days and cooler, dry winters, usually accompanied by frosts.

It is commonly said that Johannesburg is five years behind the world and the Free State is five years behind Johannesburg. That perfectly sums up the relaxed atmosphere of Bloemfontein, where residents place a high value on quality of life and family. Although everything seems to move a bit slower here, there is no ‘big city stress’ to speak of.

According to property24, 2 105 three-bedroom properties were listed in Bloemfontein for April 2019 (followed by 1 659 two-bedroom and 1 228 four-bedroom abodes).

What does a Joiner do?

A Joiner cuts, fits, and constructs objects out of wood without using metal fasteners like nails or screws. There may be a crossover between joinery and carpentry, but becoming a Joiner is a skilled trade in its own right.

The primary difference between a Joiner and Carpenter is that Joiners work solely with wood, usually on more ornamental work such as doors, furniture and bookcases. A Carpenter, on the other hand, can also work with metal, or on less intricate projects like roofs and flooring.

The typical day-to-day duties of a Joiner may include:

  • Measuring materials for a project
  • Cutting and shaping furniture and fittings
  • Assembling doors, door frames, windows, staircases, and other structures
  • Installing cupboards, skirting boards, shelving, etc.
  • Constructing larger installations like shop interiors or film/TV sets
  • Working with other professionals in the industry (like Carpenters, Roofers, Floorers, etc.) to successfully complete projects.

What to look for when searching for the right professional Joiner

1.  Experience

One of the first things you should ask about is the Joiner’s experience. Working years and years in the industry would have ensured a robust skill set and confidence, both of which are crucial to ensuring first-rate results for your project. Be sure to also ask about the domain of their experience as there are various jobs within the joinery area that overlap with other departments (like carpentry and cabinet-making). Be 100% sure that the Joiner you’re considering has experience in the exact department you require for your project.

2.  Materials’ usage

Have an idea about the type of materials the Joiner will use to do the job for you. Ask to see samples as well. Essentially, you are looking for cost-cutting measures used by Joiners as they use low-quality materials. When you find such measures, know that you search for the perfect Joiner is not finished.

3.  Cost comparison

Once you have decided on the type of work you require for your project and the materials that the Joiner are using, proceed to compare the professional’s prices with other experts. Ask for quotes and make sure all the candidates provide details on the job and prices. By seeing a broken-down quote on the tasks required by your project, you will know whose charges are higher for what reasons. At this point, also try to balance your budget with the specific needs of your home project.

4.  References

Once you have made up your mind about the potential Joiner, do some research on references. Check online reviews to see what other clients / professionals have to say about them. You might also want to check out some of their past work to get a better idea of their type of projects.

5.  Insurance

Never work with a professional who is not insured, as this will protect both you and him/her should any accidents occur while they are working on your property.

6.  Check for non-verbal cues

The way the Joiner represents himself and his company should give you an indication on how he/she values their work. Were they late for your meeting? Did they take calls during your meeting? Do they make good on their promises, such as providing you with references etc? This also says a lot about the Joiner’s level of professionalism and can provide clues on what sort of a business relationship you can expect to have with them.

Once you’ve hired a professional Joiner, never pay for the entire project upfront. It should also be noted in the contract how much will be paid at the start of the project and when the rest will be paid. And of course the contract needs to be signed by all relevant parties.

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