Before You Choose a Painting Contractor Read This!

Choosing a painting contractor can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be! Here are a few tips when choosing a painting contractor.
1. Call 2-3 painting contractors for estimate comparisons
2. When you called, how many times did you have to call before they answered?
3. Once they answered, how long did you have to wait for them to come to your home?
4. Once they did the estimate, how long did it take to get it in writing via email or postal mail?
These questions are important, they are indicators of how you will be treated once you are hired!
If they didn’t return your call the same day you called them, you should wonder why! If it takes them longer then 3 days to come out to your home to do the estimate, you should wonder why! If you didn’t get the written estimate within 72 hours of them visiting you, you should wonder why! When they say “well, I am really busy, sorry I couldn’t answer sooner”, that is no excuse! They should hire more painters or office help to properly run the business! That could indicate that your job will not be run timely and properly and important corners could be cut!
Once you receive the estimate make sure of a few things:
1. That the estimate is detailed! How will the job be prepped? Will they prime? How many finish coats of paint or stain?
2. Will high quality products be used? What’s the name of the products? Why do they use these products?
3. Do they have Workers Compensation and Liability Insurances? If a painter falls off a ladder at your home, the liability doesn’t help, you need Workers Compensation!
4. Do they have references?
5. How long have they been in business?
6. Did they put a start and end date for your job on the estimate?
7. Did someone from the company sign the estimate?
Remember, do not pick a contractor because he is the cheapest! There could be a reason why he is cheap and you don’t want that! It doesn’t mean that you have to go with the most expensive estimate, but usually there is a reason why prices are different, take the time and call each contractor after you get the price and ask why his price is lower or higher, he could point out valuable reasons for his pricing! Your goal should be a high quality paint job!

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