8 Tips for Choosing a Painting Contractor
Getting the Job Done Right
“Time is money”- Ben Franklin. Use your time wisely, save money and hire a professional to do your painting. Using a professional will help to take the stress out of painting your own business or home. Finding the right painter can seem like a huge task all on its own. By using the following tips to hire the right professional for any painting project, you can save yourself time and money:
Ask around: Ask your friends and neighbors for referrals. Your friends and neighbors will be your best source of information for the good or the not so good local commercial painting contractors. See who they used and how their painting job turned out.
The internet: No surprise here! The internet is a great resource for finding painting contractors in your area. While programs like Yelp can be very helpful in providing feedback, just remember that anyone can post anything on Yelp and so do you’re your own research. Check out other reputable sources as well such as the Better Business Bureau and the Contractors Licensing Board.
Get estimates: Get estimates from at least 3 contractors. This is a must! Even if your neighbor’s son is a painting contractor you need to do your leg work and obtain 3 different project bids. The estimates should fall roughly within the same price range. If they differ greatly, be sure to ask questions on what is being done or not done. Each painting contractor should give you a bid breakdown, if they haven’t, ask for one.
Speak with each candidate – you can learn a great deal in just one conversation. Be sure to ask the following questions:
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you have the proper/required licenses?
- Do you have insurance and bonding? This helps determine whether your contractor and any hired workers are insured for injury and liability. You don’t want a claim put against your homeowner’s insurance so it’s important that you ask for proof of insurance and bond.
- Are you a member of any national or local painting contractors’ associations?
- Do you subcontract your work or perform it yourself?
- Can you provide references?
- Do you offer written guarantees of your work?
- What products do you use?
Be specific about your project – be as detailed as possible when interviewing your potential contractor. Let them know exactly what your project looks like. It is often best to be at the job site. Let them know what is to be painted and what type of finish and colors you would like. If you have questions about pricing, ask them right away.
Watch for visual cues and behavior: Going with your gut is always best. Does the contractor show up on time or is he running late because “he is so busy”. Is he courteous and professional? Does he return phone calls in a timely manner.
Check references – be certain to get at least three references from past customers and speak to them if necessary. You want at least three local painting jobs that you can drive by to see the finished work the potential contractor performs. You want to be sure you are choosing the right contractor to complete your job and talking with past clients is a great way to receive this confirmation. Ask each reference specific questions about the job. If you are uncertain about the credibility of the references ask for additional references. A contractor with a great track record will have no problem providing you more references.
Review the contract – we cannot say this enough! Read over your contract and do so with the contractor to ensure you are both on the same page. Be sure your contract includes the following
- What exactly is being painted (house, trim, walls, molding, etc.).
- Details on preparation and cleanup.
- Paint colors for each area to be painted.
- How the contractor will protect plants, patios, furniture, or other items.
- If an indoor painting job, will they move and protect furniture?
- How much time the project will take, from start to finish.
- When and how the contractor will be paid.
Once you complete these helpful steps you will be ready to hire the right painting contractor for your job. Then you can sit back and enjoy your freshly painted home or business with peace of mind. Let your painting contractor do the hard work. Time is money and with the right contractor, you will save both time and money by hiring a professional to get the job done right.
At Whit’s Painting, Inc. we like clients that come well prepared with questions and concerns, it allows us to put their mind at ease from the beginning. With over 30 years of commercial painting experience in the 9 Bay Area counties, and hundreds of satisfied customers, we know that a job worth doing is worth doing right the first time. Be sure to call us for a FREE ESTIMATE at 925-429-2669 or fill out our contact form or Request a Free Estimate Form and one of our professional painting team will be in touch promptly to answer your questions and to schedule your free estimate.
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