I bet the reason you are reading this is you are considering hiring a professional painting contractor to paint your home. Whether you are going to have the interior or exterior painted there are several key factors to consider as you make this decision. Let’s face it, your home is an important asset. Not only do you want it to look great but you want to protect the value by having high quality workmanship and the best products for the job decision.
Check List for Finding a Good Painter:
1) Check to make sure that they have a (Current & Update to date) contractors’ license for the state. For example in California – you may check the Contractors Licensing State Board CLSB License Check the Contractor Name and see their license status you may also check with the City where you live for a valid business license.
2) Get two or more references of past customers that have used their service, talk with these folks and ask very detailed questions of each reference.
3) Ask the contractor how long they have been in business and make sure they have done the same type of work you need often & what percent of their work it represents. You need a painter who’s done this before & not just once or twice.
4) Get at least two other written bids/quotes from different painting companies to make sure that they are not totally ripping you off on the price make sure the quotes are apples to apples – paint and other materials vary and you need to know what’s included!
5) Find a painter who is willing to give you pricing for small jobs over the phone.
6) Get flat rate estimates so you know the total you will pay BEFORE you reach an agreement and sign a contract with the painting company. You want turnkey pricing not hourly rates.
The best place to start asking about painters in your local area is neighbors, family and friends, because they will tell you the truth and answer your questions quickly. Other good sources of referrals include contractors in a different trade, real estate agents, property management companies, and your local paint supply store or hardware/building supply just remember they sell to all of the contractors and may know the reputation of those you are considering.
When asking for referrals, be sure to check the type of jobs the painter was called into accomplish and compare that to the type of painting work that you have in mind for your house. Also, determine if the painter specializes in residential or commercial work.
Examples of Questions We’d Ask
1. Would you hire this company again to paint your house?
If their response is “no”, then stop…and ask why? Is this a good reason or irrational nor logical.
2. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being highest), how happy were you with the quality of work performed by this painting contractor?
Everyone has an opinion of quality workmanship, so you may want to see the work for yourself to make sure your perception matches with your friends.
Look closely at Cut-In areas around doorways, windows and trim. Are the lines straight and was caulking applied to seal the joints.
3. Did the painting contractor protect unpainted surfaces, furniture, floors, or other such areas in their home?
For exteriors, this includes concrete, roofing, and plantings. For interiors, moving and protecting furniture is a major concern. Make sure not to forget about the flooring because you may live to regret it! If a painter is sloppy with one customer, chances are, they will be sloppy in your home. If you are left to clean up after your painter even once or EACH and every DAY, this will cost zugrav you a lot more money and aggravation after you’ve already put in a long hard day yourself at work. You may want to visit a site where work is currently in progress to see how the painter conducts his business.
4. Were they courteous and polite to you, their customer (and your neighbors)?
This is a very important consideration because who wants to pay money and be disrespected in the process? If the answer is “no” then do NOT go any further, because you don’t want to work with this company. The entire experience, from beginning to end, needs to be as stress free and painless as possible. If the house painter(s) enjoys their job, the quality of their work and attention to detail is better. The painter’s attitude can and will affect the entire paint job. Most people will treat you best when they are trying to land the job. If they are rude early on, things will only get worse if problems and stress arise.
5. Does your contractor offer a clearly worded, written warranty (Satisfaction Guarantee) included in the price and the written proposal?
If a warranty is included, find out if it has a reasonable amount of time before it expires. Two to Three (2-3) years is usually enough time to protect you in the event that something major goes wrong with the results of the paint job. Verbally stating a warranty is NOT enough. Any guaranty worth having is in writing. So, Get it in writing! Get it in writing! Get it in writing!
Reason and reality check guarantees have their limitations! A good painter is always glad to stand behind his warranty, no Questions asked. Good painters use quality materials, hire excellent workers, know their level of expertise (and limitations); they won’t promise you things beyond their level of expertise. If a painter won’t offer you a written two to three-year warranty, you may want to look one who does.
How to Hire a Painter
Remember the last time you made a decision to purchase a car, or some other high value item. Because it was a large amount of money at risk, chances are you didn’t go to the yellow pages, choose a dealership at random, and buy a car from the first lot you visited. Unfortunately, though, the yellow pages method describes the way homeowners conduct their search when it comes time to find a good quality painting company. They call and hire the first painter they come across and then totally REGRET the decision for the next 10 years. Why put yourself through that kind of grief? It is fairly easy to follow a simple process like the one outlined here, and come to think of it, you found this article online or someone who gave it to you found it on the internet. You know, the internet is a great information resource and It makes the research, comparison-shopping, and insisting on written terms to protect yourself in the event of a major problem(s) even easier and much less time consuming than letting your fingers do the walking through the yellow pages.