Tips For Hiring A Professional Painter

In my thirty years as a professional painter, I have heard hundreds of horror tales from customers who hired painting contractors. The most common stories I’ve heard are about painting companies who took the money from a customer but never showed up. They were not really painting contractors. Here are a few of the most common stories that I hear and continue to receive from customers. In this article we will discuss how you can protect yourself from a painting contractor.

There are many ways to find a good painting contractor. You can use the yellow pages, local newspapers, or the internet. However, you should start by asking your friends, colleagues, and relatives who they have worked with in the past. Also, ask them about their experience. You should ask them if they are satisfied with the work done, how much it cost and the time taken to finish the job. Also, you can ask your local paint retailer for recommendations. If none of these sources can help you find a painter, you can ask the Better Business Bureau in your area for recommendations.

First, ask for the contractor’s certificate of insurance. You will find that quality contracting firms are happy to give you copies of their certificates. Although not all states or municipalities require licensing, registering with your state and locality is usually a minimum requirement. You should ask for references from any contractors you are seriously considering. Discuss the services received with these people in an honest, open manner. Ask questions about the price and the service. It is important to hire a painting contractor that will provide a high-quality job at an affordable price.

The importance of a contract in writing cannot be overstated. Reputable contractors encourage the use a written agreement. This contract must clearly define the scope and nature of the work. This contract should cover the following: surfaces to paint, methods and extents for surface preparation, project timetables, payment procedures, etc. The cost of hiring different contractors can be determined more accurately if the total scope is documented. The contract protects you as well as the contractor. Ask the contractor about their business history. In the painting business, there is a lot of turnover. Make sure you hire someone with at least five-years of experience. You should ask about the level of experience the company’s workers have, as some companies hire workers without experience to cut costs. You should also ask the contractor about the preparation that will be done on your project. This is important because preparation is the first step to painting any surface. Ask your painting contractor for their recommendations regarding the best materials for the project. A professional painter will be able suggest specific colors, paints and finishes.

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