Top 10 Carpenters in Salem, MA

Porch Pro Headshot FITZGERALD DESIGN BUILD
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
(11)
"I highly recommend Russ Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald Design Build. Russ is a wonderful person to work with — personable and easy to reach, professional, reliable, available, and skilled. Russ has great design ideas, and he works with a fine architect. He was able to work with our very limited budget t...Read more about FITZGERALD DESIGN BUILD
"I highly recommend Russ Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald Design Build. Russ is a wonderful person to work with — personable and easy to reach, professional, reliable, available, and skilled. Russ has great design ideas, and he works with a fine architect. He was able to work with our very limited budget t...Read more about FITZGERALD DESIGN BUILD
Porch Pro Headshot Aguia Home Service
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
(20)
"We recently hired Aquia Home Service to renovate our bathroom from severe water damage, and they did a great job! The new bathroom is absolutely beautiful — it’s now my favorite room in the house! :) There were a few unexpected obstacles on the way, but Wellimar went above and beyond to resolve the...Read more about Aguia Home Service
"We recently hired Aquia Home Service to renovate our bathroom from severe water damage, and they did a great job! The new bathroom is absolutely beautiful — it’s now my favorite room in the house! :) There were a few unexpected obstacles on the way, but Wellimar went above and beyond to resolve the...Read more about Aguia Home Service
Porch Pro Headshot Nobleport Construction LLC
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
Builder, General Contractor working on all aspects of construction demo to frame along with Finish. We like to say "stay small and do it all " saving customers money and stress of dealing with multi contractors and scheduling.
Builder, General Contractor working on all aspects of construction demo to frame along with Finish. We like to say "stay small and do it all " saving customers money and stress of dealing with multi contractors and scheduling.
Porch Pro Headshot Big Caulk Builders
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
(5)
Specializing in “Honey-do” lists & handyman services. Our construction team can handle all different renovations we do it all. Call us Today for your FREE Estimate.
Specializing in “Honey-do” lists & handyman services. Our construction team can handle all different renovations we do it all. Call us Today for your FREE Estimate.
Porch Pro Headshot Complete Home improvement
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
Additions kitchens baths basements carpentry painting tile handyman services etc 30yrs experience please call 978 587 4456
Additions kitchens baths basements carpentry painting tile handyman services etc 30yrs experience please call 978 587 4456
Porch Pro Headshot costa painting services inc
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
bringing quality and comfort to our custumers
bringing quality and comfort to our custumers
Porch Pro Headshot Boston’s Handyman Services
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
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"Wow! I was having a very hard time coordinating the installation and delivery of a gas dryer to replace my old one. We needed to have the old one disconnected and removed and the new one installed. These guys called me right back and suggested they both pick-up and install the next morning for...Read more about Boston’s Handyman Services
"Wow! I was having a very hard time coordinating the installation and delivery of a gas dryer to replace my old one. We needed to have the old one disconnected and removed and the new one installed. These guys called me right back and suggested they both pick-up and install the next morning for...Read more about Boston’s Handyman Services
Porch Pro Headshot Dg Mace Construction
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
(3)
I pride myself on being cost effective,and by treating my customers the way i'd want to be treated. This is my 41st successful year in buisness. I'm fully licensed and insured.
I pride myself on being cost effective,and by treating my customers the way i'd want to be treated. This is my 41st successful year in buisness. I'm fully licensed and insured.
Porch Pro Headshot Quality improvement and painting inc
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
(2)
"we hired quality improvement and painting to do a job on our house a few weeks ago, we changed first floor trims, painted whole first floor, ceiling walls and trims. Also we refinished all cabinets, the end result couldn't be better, we are very happy and highly recommend Rawllins and his crew!"
"we hired quality improvement and painting to do a job on our house a few weeks ago, we changed first floor trims, painted whole first floor, ceiling walls and trims. Also we refinished all cabinets, the end result couldn't be better, we are very happy and highly recommend Rawllins and his crew!"
Porch Pro Headshot MV Carpentry Masonry Services
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
(1)
"Should have hired these guys sooner. Everything they've done is top notch. Customer service is great; they respond right away to requests and questions, they're adaptable, and make changes on the fly. Very dependable and punctual as well, every day. Just had my decking done, and it looks fantastic....Read more about MV Carpentry Masonry Services
"Should have hired these guys sooner. Everything they've done is top notch. Customer service is great; they respond right away to requests and questions, they're adaptable, and make changes on the fly. Very dependable and punctual as well, every day. Just had my decking done, and it looks fantastic....Read more about MV Carpentry Masonry Services

Frequently asked questions about carpenters

Carpentry is one of the oldest professions — for as long as people have needed shelter to live in, there has been some form of carpentry. Today, carpentry has become a very specialized trade and most carpenters have a niche. The hallmark of all types of carpentry is that carpenters are experts in working with wood. There are some small exceptions to this for buildings that use steel studs or other types of metal framing, for example. However, for the most part, when you think carpenters, think wood.

  • Rough carpenters – Rough carpenters are one of the first trades you'll have on-site if you’re building a house. Their expertise is in the overall structure and stability of buildings and the big-picture aspects of building a home.
  • Framing carpenters – Framing carpenters are the pros responsible for putting up the base structure that will become the interior and exterior walls of a building. Framing carpentry goes hand-in-hand with rough carpentry, however, framing is often seen as a specialized skill.
  • Jointers – Joint carpentry involves putting together floor joists that create the surface you'll walk on once it's finished.
  • Cabinet makers – Carpenters specializing in cabinetry are extremely skilled at fine woodworking and excel at precise and detail-oriented work. They are some of the last carpenters that work on a project because cabinetry is a part of the finishing process and is generally one of the last things that are installed.
  • Finish carpenters – similar to cabinet makers, finish carpenters are responsible for the finer details that are not structural but make up the parts of your home that you'll see daily. Finish carpenters will be the ones to install your trim, wood flooring, railings, and handrails and are also sometimes referred to as trim carpenters.

Have they done the work being requested before?

This is an important question that can often be overlooked, with potential clients assuming that all carpenters work on all types of projects. As we discussed before, carpentry has several specialized skill sets, so it's important to make sure that any carpenter you're considering has worked on your type of project before.

Are they examples of their work?

Carpenters near you will have pictures of past projects they've done that they can share with you. The building process is impressive, and the change from beginning to end can be staggering, so these proud tradespeople will likely have work they'll be happy to show you.

How much experience do they have in your type of project?

This ties into the first question, however, it’s a bit more detailed. Many clients have fallen into the trap of only asking basic questions, like “Have you done a project like this before?” and failing to follow up with, “How many times?”

In many cases, it may not matter if a carpenter has only done a certain type of work once or twice, but it could make a huge difference if your project is complex — and that’s not something you want to find out mid-project.

Are they licensed (if necessary)?

Many municipalities will require permits for carpentry work, depending on the scale. These permits are only applicable if a certified carpenter will be doing the work. In addition, your carpenter may need to have a Red Seal in carpentry to obtain the correct insurance.

Are they insured?

There are three different types of insurance that carpenters will need to carry to conduct work safely. These are general liability insurance, professional liability insurance, and Worker's Compensation insurance.

Don't be shy about asking a carpenter you're thinking of hiring for proof of the appropriate insurance, and be wary if they can't provide documentation.

The short answer to this question is that a carpenter isn't always a builder, but a builder is most often a carpenter. Don't worry — we’ll clarify what that means below.

Carpenter

As we discussed above, there are many types of local carpenters who specialize in one or more distinct areas of carpentry. Depending on where you are in your construction process, multiple carpenters who are experts in their niche may be needed.

Builder

If a construction professional refers to themselves as a builder, they are likely saying that they are a general contractor or a construction project manager who can take more of a full-scope approach to your project. Most builders are carpenters by trade but have expanded their skillet to encompass more of the building process.

It can be a bit confusing because carpenters do build things, but when someone is referred to as a builder, it generally means that they are experienced in integrating multiple stages of construction and tradespeople on one project.

However, this is definitely a bit of a gray area. Make sure to clarify what type of professional you’re working with when you vet tradespeople, so you know exactly what their specialty is.

A carpenter is absolutely the right tradesperson to build a beautiful, sturdy deck for you. Depending on what you're picturing for the finished product, however, you might want to look at bringing in both a rough carpenter and a finishing carpenter.

Rough carpenters are experts at putting in the proper foundation to make your deck safe and secure, as well as grading the ground below and ensuring adequate drainage. They'll also be the best people to advise on what types of materials the structure of your deck should be made of, including foundation, stairs, and railings.

It’s important to note here that in most municipalities, you’ll need a permit to build a deck. Your carpenter will need to be licensed to have the expertise and certification to apply for the proper licenses.

Once the structure of your deck is complete, a finish carpenter can give your project a different level of polish and aesthetic appeal, putting that final touch onto your new deck.

If your vision of your new deck involves built-in seating or an outdoor kitchen, a finish carpenter will also be the best tradesperson to help you bring your unique space to life.

Many rough carpenters are very skilled at finishing, and others don’t prefer to do finishing work, so it’s worth it to ask upfront.

Licensing for carpenters can be complicated. Not everyone who refers to themselves as a carpenter is a licensed carpenter, handypersons often do carpentry work. Only some states require carpenters to be licensed for specific types of work.

In many cases, licensing is required in order to ensure that a carpenter has an adequate level of knowledge and experience. There are plenty of unlicensed carpenters with a wealth of experience and talent, but the licensing process is a way for employers and clients to feel secure that a tradesperson has a standardized level of knowledge and experience. Most licensing programs require four years of work experience and the passing of a certification exam.

Below, we’ll go through some common questions and misconceptions to help you untangle the licensing web.

States that require carpenters to have licenses

Alabama, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah have state-level requirements for carpenters to be licensed to do certain types of carpentry work. While each state has its own list, some common types of carpentry often require licenses:

  • Millwork
  • Framing
  • Structural work
  • Cabinetry
  • Installing metal studs or framing

When can you hire a carpenter that does not have a license?

In some cases, lighter carpentry work on non-structural areas of a home doesn’t require a carpenter to carry a license. This may also mean they don’t have the proper workplace insurance, so make sure to ask those questions and weigh the risks accordingly.

Locations that fall outside city or municipal regions may have fewer restrictions on building permits. If you’re confident, you can have a non-licensed carpenter do structural work. This varies by location, so research the rules that cover your property before agreeing to have any work done.

Carpenters are integral to the home-building process, and their various areas of expertise are what allow the vision of a home designer or structural engineer to go from vision to reality.

If you’re unfamiliar with the home-building process, you may be surprised at first to learn that, in many cases, one carpenter does not handle the entire process. Particularly on large or complex projects, you’re likely to have several different types of carpentry experts. Beginning with rough carpentry to create the foundation and structure of your home, you’ll bring in framing carpenters for the exterior and interior walls, joint carpenters, roofing carpenters, and finish carpenters and cabinetmakers.

Depending on your location, finding the right carpenters near you can be simple, or you may have to look at bringing in the right pro from a larger city or town.

Other trades will need to work alongside carpenters during the building process. Homes are built in many layers and stages, so you can expect to have several trades working simultaneously at certain times.

Here’s a list of other trades you’ll need to build a house:

  • Machine operator
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Gasfitter
  • Drywaller
  • Septic installer

Recent reviews for Salem Carpenters

217232

He painted our house about a month ago and I couldn’t be happier enough. Highly recommend!

- Michelle Aiolff
155862

They installed the hood but did some patch work on ceiling and left it unfinished. Its been few weeks later and they continue to be unresponsive. If you do use them, please do not pay in full until work order is complete. The concerns were escalated with ...

- Praveen Meka
142729

Carlos showed up on time and went to work immediately on my shed. They seem to know what they're doing and the work is progressing rapidly. I have confidence in their ability and would hire them anytime. Thank you. John.

- Cathi Charlton
150290

Thanks to Carlos for completing a difficult water heater installation. I will contact you again for more handyman services.

- Lauren Barker
143223

Loved the customer service! Called and few days later came out to the house gave us an unbeatable quote. 2 days later came back to do a fantastic job. Even did an extra room we weren’t expecting to be done 😀Highly recommend, will definitely be contacting...

- Luis Reyes
148334

Carlos and his team installed my new gas dryer and gas range. They were very responsive, arrived when scheduled and did a great job.

- Yehuda Mittelman
206660

I was glad to work with Carlos and found him to be reliable and was one of the easiest businesses to communicate with. Will gladly reach out again for future projects!

- Bailey Field
11560

Russ is a dependable contractor and works with his clients to deliver a product that best fits their landscape and within a specified budget without compromising quality.

- Joyce Bailey
11742

FitzGerald Design Build finished a space of our garage for my son. From the design concept to finishing touches, we could not be happier! The work they performed was impeccable. There were never any headaches or worries because Mr. FitzGerald is so easy g...

- Dianne FitzGerald Power
11413

He has done a lot of work for us from putting in a new kitchen, to building a family room and a master bedroom suite and much more all to our satisfaction.

- Peter Fiore
11223

Russ has been doing work for me and my family for many years. He is easy to work with. I would not have anyone else do my work. I would recommend him to anyone.

- Margaret Dunlea O'Reilly

All Carpenters in Salem, MA

Porch Pro Headshot Hingham Home Improvement
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
At Hingham Home Improvement it is our mission to provide the highest quality of service in all aspects of our business and to be extremely thorough in services that we provide. We will take on necessary steps to ensure that our clients are completely satisfied with all of our contractual and assumed...Read more about Hingham Home Improvement
At Hingham Home Improvement it is our mission to provide the highest quality of service in all aspects of our business and to be extremely thorough in services that we provide. We will take on necessary steps to ensure that our clients are completely satisfied with all of our contractual and assumed...Read more about Hingham Home Improvement
Porch Pro Headshot Lucas Rezende PAINTING
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
LUCAS REZENDE PAINTING We are located in Malden, Massachusetts attending all New England area, offering our painting services based on Quality, Punctuality and Fair Prices, Giving to our clients the Best experience at painting services.
LUCAS REZENDE PAINTING We are located in Malden, Massachusetts attending all New England area, offering our painting services based on Quality, Punctuality and Fair Prices, Giving to our clients the Best experience at painting services.
Porch Pro Headshot Manchester Construction Company
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
We are a family made and maintained construction company, since 1969. Based out of Hull Mass, we do most of our work in the South Shore area. If it has to do with the construction of your home, from the roof to the foundation, we are experienced and knowledgeable.
We are a family made and maintained construction company, since 1969. Based out of Hull Mass, we do most of our work in the South Shore area. If it has to do with the construction of your home, from the roof to the foundation, we are experienced and knowledgeable.
Porch Pro Headshot Father & Son Carpentry
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
We are a father and son company who works hard on everything from kitchen and bathrooms to basements and gutters, there is no job too small or too BIG.... Need some work done right? just call us or email us and you will get a guaranteed, done right job that you will love..... ***Over 35 years Exper...Read more about Father & Son Carpentry
We are a father and son company who works hard on everything from kitchen and bathrooms to basements and gutters, there is no job too small or too BIG.... Need some work done right? just call us or email us and you will get a guaranteed, done right job that you will love..... ***Over 35 years Exper...Read more about Father & Son Carpentry
Porch Pro Headshot Vigomar Realty llc
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
We are a small family with 12 years of experience on carpentry services, and we have great reference.
We are a small family with 12 years of experience on carpentry services, and we have great reference.
Porch Pro Headshot Auxilia Services
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
General handyman service looking to serve homeowners, businesses, and municipalities with nearly any task on hand :)
General handyman service looking to serve homeowners, businesses, and municipalities with nearly any task on hand :)
Porch Pro Headshot True Bath
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
Our goal is to provide solutions, add value and make the working experience with every client enjoyable and rewarding.
Our goal is to provide solutions, add value and make the working experience with every client enjoyable and rewarding.
Porch Pro Headshot EJ Rench Custom Building
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
Frame to finish carpentry Custom cabinetry and millwork
Frame to finish carpentry Custom cabinetry and millwork
Porch Pro Headshot Presto Carpentry - Painting - Roofing
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
Presto is a family owned and operated company which specializes in all phases of home improvement, both residential and commercial, since 1988. As a professional company, we are registered with the Better Business Bureau and are an Accredited Business since 1/12/2007 with an A+ rating. We are licens...Read more about Presto Carpentry - Painting - Roofing
Presto is a family owned and operated company which specializes in all phases of home improvement, both residential and commercial, since 1988. As a professional company, we are registered with the Better Business Bureau and are an Accredited Business since 1/12/2007 with an A+ rating. We are licens...Read more about Presto Carpentry - Painting - Roofing
Porch Pro Headshot AlexS Corporation
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
Porch Pro Headshot Housing solutions Masonry
Carpenters
Serves Salem, Massachusetts
Porch Pro Headshot G&B Masonry
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Serves Salem, Massachusetts
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Porch Pro Headshot Paco Remodeling
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Serves Salem, Massachusetts
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Latest projects near Salem

Recent projects booked on Porch
Salem 01970
Deck Construction
Start Date
Within a year
Service requested
Build new deck
Plans, drawings, or blueprints
No, but I know what I want.
Deck size (SQFT)
Smaller than 100 square feet
Surface and railing material
Composite, Looking for advice
Deck structure material
Wood
Structural features
Custom stairs
Supplemental additions
BBQ
Material provided
No, pro must provide the materials
Peabody 01960
Carpentry
Service needed
Carpentry
Start Date
Within a month
Peabody 01960
Shed Construction
Start Date
I'm flexible
Approximate size of shed
25-50 sq ft
Type of shed
Wood
Premade or custom-built
Custom-built on site
Extent of design prep
Yes, I have sketches and a basic idea of what I want
Foundation preference
wood