HONEST CARPENTER CONSULTING

 
We are an online homeowner consultation business helping people nationwide make informed decisions about their contracting, real estate, and home-related concerns.

A TRUSTED SECOND OPINION FOR HOMEOWNERS

Why We Consult

For many Americans, houses and property represent the single largest financial investment of their lives. And yet, modern homeowners have a nearly unprecedented lack of access to honest, reliable information about that investment.

HONEST CARPENTER CONSULTING offers a solution to this problem.

Our trade expert consultants can serve as an informed, impartial source for answers to home-related questions, giving clients the information they need to make important decisions confidently and wisely.

How We Consult

HONEST CARPENTER consultations take the form of 25-minute PHONE OR VIDEO CHATS between clients and experts.

Our current rate is: $60 PER CONSULTATION.

PLEASE NOTE: Whether consulting by phone or video, clients will always be best served by providing several photos to our experts through the booking process before the call, as well as any relevant documents (estimates, home inspection reports, etc…)

Client’s View

Expert’s View

What we do and do not consult on

THE DO’s

Major Repairs

Are you concerned that you have a potentially critical problem in your home? Honest Carpenter consultants can offer an informed, impartial opinion on the situation before you approach contractors, thereby helping you identify and avoid predatory repair schemes.

Home Inspection Reports
Many prospective homebuyers feel overwhelmed by home inspection reports. Our experts can help interpret the importance and relevance of your inspection report line items, suggest likely cost of repairs, and give you the knowledge you need to make your real estate decisions wisely.
Estimate and Proposal Analysis

Good contracting projects begin with good estimates and proposals. Our experts can analyze the construction elements of your project estimates (focusing on scope of work, time frame and cost) and help identify vague or disconcerting language and fees. This one small step can save you countless headaches and expenses!

Water/Storm Damage

Water intrusion is the single largest threat to the health of a house. Honest Carpenter experts can help you identify water damage, pinpoint intrusion spots, plan an effective
remediation, and even prevent future water problems.

Contractor Issues
Dealing with contractors can be a tricky experience—and no one knows more about it than professional tradespeople! Honest Carpenter experts can offer you keen advice on how to keep your contractor honest and focused on your project. We may even be able to help get your current contracting situation back on track when it seems to be heading off the rails!
DIY Solutions
Like to tackle your own projects but still want a little professional guidance? Our expert
consultants are highly skilled tradespeople with extensive, real-world experience. We can
help solve your DIY problems, advising you on best material selection, tool choice and labor
methods. Think of it as “Phone A Friend” for DIYers!
General Home Knowledge/Advice

We here at the Honest Carpenter love to educate our clients on the all-important fundamentals of home construction and maintenance. The more you know about your home, the better equipped you will be to protect your investment and make strong contracting decisions!

THE DON’TS

Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC
Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC are specific trades that fall outside of our area of expertise, and therefore we do not consult on them in depth. (Please note that portions of these topics will inevitably come up in most home inquiries, and can sometimes be addressed at a basic level. However, specific and complex questions will be deferred to specialists.)
Legal Issues
Honest Carpenter consultants are not legal experts, and do not offer legal advice or
guidance. Only qualified lawyers and attorneys should be approached for questions
regarding legal issues.

How To Book A Consultation

Booking with THE HONEST CARPENTER is easy! Just click any red button labeled “Book Now” on the site, or click the Consulting tab on the main landing page and follow the simple instructions listed there.

You will be directed to a calendar program where you can pick a date and time for the call, followed by an online payment portal. (Be prepared to enter credit or debit information.)

Give us an idea of the topics you’d like to discuss by filling in the Subject box. Then, just keep an eye on your inbox and respond to the email we send your way. (This will be your opportunity to attach pictures and documents for us to review during the call.)

Thank you for choosing HONEST CARPENTER CONSULTING.

We Hope To Hear From You Soon!

“Ethan (with The Honest Carpenter) has consulted with me now on several of my high-end remodeling projects, and was an especially useful guide on the trim installation decisions in my older home. His knowledge of material selections and demolition methods helped keep my costs low and finish quality high. I’ll definitely consult with him again!”
–Carrie A.
Raleigh, NC
“Ethan (with The Honest Carpenter) has been invaluable to me over the past few months while I have had a new roof installed and been dealing with the underlying issues of decayed wood and replacing trim work. His expertise in knowing the best way to handle the repair and finish work has made the process flow very smoothly, and has helped me manage my involvement with contractors more confidently.”
–Ruth D.
Raleigh, NC

Use our booking calendar to schedule a consulting session

Click on a date that is convenient for you and follow the on-screen instructions.
Please note your time zone!

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