Finding the Right Painting Contractor
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Technically you may be perfectly able to paint your own house, but with the prospect of saving a little money comes a lot of unnecessary stress.
Hiring a professional painting contractor is the better choice for most homeowners. Not only will trusting the job to a professional painter save time but also it’s very likely that you’ll also be much happier with the results. The only tasks left to you are choosing colors and hiring the best contractor for the job.
Start by asking for referrals. If you love the way a friend’s or neighbor’s house looks, find out who they hired. Or, you can ask for recommendations at your local paint store.
When you have 3 or 4 contractors to choose from, ask for estimates. Walk potential contractors around your property, pointing out different aspects of the project that you think could affect the price. Offer important details such as specific paint brands you want to use and finishes you’d like.
All the bids should be about the same, but if one is especially low, be wary. It’s likely that a contractor with an especially low bid is unintentionally missing some aspect of the project or is not planning to do the same amount of work as the other contractors.
Narrow down your choices and then interview each candidate. Some questions you might want to ask are:
· Do you have insurance?
· How long have you been in business?
· Can you provide references?
· Do you offer guarantees?
Next you’ll want to check the references of your top choices. Call, or better yet, visit the references to learn more about the contractor’s work.
Once you’ve made your choice, ask for a written contract. Review it carefully and ask any questions you have before signing it. Pay particular attention to these aspects:
· Does the contract list exactly what will be painted?
· Does it offer details on how preparation and clean up will be handled?
· Has the contractor noted the paint types and colors on the contract?
· Is there a plan for protecting plants, furniture or other landscape and household items?
· Is there a timeline?
· Does the contract detail when and how much the contractor will be paid?
If you’re looking for a reliable, professional, experienced team to paint your house, you can count on Mister Painter. Give us a call today and you’ll find out why we enjoy such rave reviews for our work.