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How to Find and Hire the Right Painting Contractor

You decided your time is too valuable and you need to hire professional painter for your next project. After careful consideration finding the right painter is an important decision that can take stress out of painting at home. Use these tips to hire the right professional for your painting project:

Ask Around

Asking for referrals from friends, neighbors and acquaintances who have all had good experience with painting contractors in your area is a good place to start. Your local paint store can also give you referrals.

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Get Estimates from Three Contractors

The estimates you receive should approximately the same price, if the estimates widely differ, ask what is not being done or left out.

Interview Each Candidate

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Do you have a license?
  3. Do you have insurance and bonding (this protects you from liability)
  4. Are you a member of the contractors Association?
  5. Do you subcontract or perform the work yourself?
  6. Can you provide references?
  7. Do you offer written guarantees of your work?
  8. What products do you use?
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Be Specific About the Project

Make sure you show the potential contractor all areas that need to be painted while stating your needs and desires and anything extra or aspect of the project that could affect the price. Include trims, moldings, ceilings, etc. Be specific in choosing paint colors and finishes.

Pay Attention to Behavior

Watch for the following signs and behaviors:
Do you get a sense of professionalism and experience?
Is the contractor courteous?
Is the contractor busy?
Are phone calls and estimates returned in a timely manner?
Is the contractor punctual?

Check References

Get at least three references from past customers. Speak with them directly and if possible visit all past work in order to evaluate it and see if it is held up over time.

Review the Contract

Always make sure you get a written contract and review it carefully. Make sure all questions and issues are clarified such as the following:

What areas are to be painted.
Details of preparation and cleanup
Paint used and paint colors for each specific area
How the contractor protects plants, floors, furniture
How long the project will take
How much preparation is included
How and when the contractor will be paid
You, after completing these steps are ready to hire the right painting contractor and enjoy your newly painted home.