Painting your home is a harder than you think. It takes a lot of time, know how, and experience if you want it to look good. When you hire professional painters, you will get beautiful results and you won’t have to lift a finger! With all the painters to choose from how do you know which one to pick?
What to Look for in a Painting Contractor
Choose a painting company with good references. The best source of information you will get about a painting company is through references. Ask your friends, family and coworkers if they’ve had a good experience with a particular company. Online reviews are another resource you can use to get a good painter. These reviews may be positive and/or negative. Read both to get a good idea about the company.
Meet the painters in person. Choose a painter that is willing to come to your home and meet you in person to give you an estimate. You’ll also feel more comfortable about having them in your home once the job starts. Make sure they pay attention to detail and aren’t rushing. It takes more than a quick walk through to get an accurate estimate.
Ask painters lots of questions. Once the painter is in your home, ask questions. Dig deep and ask as many questions as you need to make your decision. Some questions that are useful include:
- How much experience do you have?
- Do you use subcontractors?
- How many painters will be in my home?
- Can you provide references?
- Will you provide a written guarantee?
- What kind if paint do you use?
- How long will the job take?
Get a few painting estimates. It’s always a good idea to get more than one estimate and get them in writing. These estimates should also be free and no obligation, meaning that you don’t have the hire the company just because they took the time to come out and give you an estimate. It’s important to get the estimate in writing because it will give you a clear breakdown of labor costs, materials and a description of the work involved to get the job done. Take the time to go over each estimate to choose the right company for you. If you’re unsure, go with your gut.
Get a portfolio of past painting work. Most painters can provide you with pictures of past work. either in a printed book or digital format. You can also look on their website or on social media. Make sure you look at the quality of work when you look at before and after pictures. You don’t want to see any flaws that are obvious.
Get a written painting contract. Along with your written estimate, you need to get a written contract to go with it. It should include detailed timelines, labor costs, material costs, etc. It’s also important to make sure there is a guarantee for the work. This means they will correct any problems that may arise after the job has been completed, typically within two years.