How to Find a Skilled and Reliable Painting Contractor
Hiring a paint contractor to do the job for you is worth the additional cost, but only if you choose the right one. To be sure that your paint project will be a success, all you should do is a little homework.
Check out the following before you commit to a paint contractor:
License, Bond and Insurance
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It’s easy to see that anyone who has a paintbrush can begin painting walls. Of course, you don’t want to settle for someone who is less than a professional, a contractor who stands by his work. When a painter has a license and is bonded and insured, it indicates that your consumer rights are protected, and the contractor will bear responsibility for whatever the outcome of your project will be.
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Estimates and Recommendations
Whatever estimate you get from a certain contractor should be within the same range as those given to you by two others at least. It is not a good sign if one of them makes a bid that is significantly lower than the rest. It may signal that shortcuts are going to be taken, or that the contractor is already desperate for projects because of bad customer reviews. In any case, you must receive the estimates and recommendations in black and white. Determine if the estimate is a fixed price; if so, make sure everything it includes is indicated in the document.
Remember to ask your prospects for client references (three is great), and make it a point to actually call these people. Let them give you a picture of their experiences with the contractor you’re thinking of hiring.
Choose a contractor who is a member of local and/or national contractors’ associations. This generally proves the painter’s commitment to quality service.
Be sure the contractor you hire offers you a written guarantee on his work. Such guarantee must not only cover the work quality itself, but also what particular items will be painted on and the maximum duration of the project.
Experience and Professionalism
If you encounter a contractor with years of experience under his belt; behaves professionally, including returning your calls or emails promptly; and is mostly busy, then there’s a good chance you’ve found the one you’re looking for.
Excellent Quality Paint and Application
Very importantly, the contractor you hire should use good quality paint and painting tools. Your painting project’s results will ultimately be defined by these things, and of course, by your painter’s skills. As well, make sure that they will apply at least two coats of paint. Never take anything for granted when making arrangements with your chosen paint contractor. Finally, go through each item on the contract, ensuring that all items are fair to the both parties, before affixing your signature.