A new coat of paint can spur wonders for your home, and using a paint contractor to do the job for you is worth the additional cost. But! You must make the right hiring choice.
To be certain that your paint project will come with no regrets, ponder on the following:
License, Bond and Insurance
Obviously, anyone who can hold a paintbrush can paint your walls. But you’d like to hire a real professional who can stand by their results. Someone who is bonded, licensed, and insured can offer you protection as a customer and can be held responsible for your project’s outcome.
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Written and Reasonable Estimate and Recommendations
Services Tips for The Average Joe
Most definitely, estimates and recommendations must be received by you in formal, written form. Ask whether an estimate is a flat price and what exactly will be included. See if the estimate is within in the same range as those submitted by at least two other contractors. It is usually a bad sign when a contractor makes a dramatically lower bid than the others. In most cases, it means that shortcuts of some type will be taken, or that the contractor is presently desperate for work because of negative customer feedback on previous projects.
Call at least three references, and talk to other clients about their experiences with the contractor you’re considering.
Trade Association Membership
Pick a contractor who belongs to at least one local or national painting contractors’ association. Being involved with others in the industry shows that a professional has a high level of commitment to his work and follows current best practices.
A guarantee should not just include work quality, but the surfaces to be painted on as well, along with the maximum amount of time with which they expect the job to be completed.
Know the process by which the contractor generally hires painters. Remember that the risks are far greater when a contractor, instead of hiring regular employees, chooses to work with day laborers. For one, day laborers are not subjected to extensive background checks, and that makes you vulnerable to theft. Regular employees as well are more likely to do better paint jobs, being hired on formal contracts, unlike day laborers who have no problems with a come-and-go system.
Experience and Professionalism
A contractor who has years of experience, deals with clients in a businesslike manner, is courteous, and has an ever busy schedule, you’ve likely found a gem.
Quality Product and Application
The actual paint used will dictate the quality of the results and around when the surface will need to be painted again. And for every job, two coats of paint must be applied in keeping with the industry standard. Finally, never sign the contract without thoroughly reviewing it first.