Homeowner's Guide to Hiring a Professional Painter Homeowner's Guide to Hiring a Professional Painter
A paint job won't improve the appearance of your home if it appears unprofessional or if the products used are substandard. A completed paint job is only as good as the products used, and it won't wear well if the area is improperly prepared before application. That's why it's of the utmost importance to do your homework before deciding on a painting professional. Invest your hard-earned money wisely before hiring someone to paint your home. Whether you require someone to paint one room or the entire house, it's vital to hire a well-qualified professional to complete the job.
Locating Professional Painters
When you're ready to begin your search for the right painting professional to complete you job, look in your local yellow pages, or search online under Painting Contractors. Depending on your location, chances are you'll find an extensive listing of professional painters in your area.
You can also obtain a list of painting contractors through a local paint stores or home improvement retailers. Many businesses that sell paint and related supplies offer contact information for painting professionals as a service to their customers, and many provide bulletin boards where contractors can post their business cards.
Interviewing Painting Professionals
Hiring a painter on estimates alone isn't a wise decision. When obtaining estimates and proposals, take the time to interview prospective painters in an effort to find the right company to complete the work. Knowing the questions to ask could mean the difference between a superior job and a job that’s less than satisfactory.
Begin by asking prospective painters questions regarding their background and experience. Find out if they have worked with local homebuilders or well-known local companies. Those who regularly work with popular local companies are good candidates for the job.
Ask painting contractors if they are licensed, bonded, and insured, and insist on documentation. Additionally, ask for credentials regarding compliance programs and safety training. These important considerations should be addressed and verified before making a final decision. Professional painters working in the best interest of customers will be more than happy to provide the requested information.
There are numerous brands and types of painting products available, so don't assume the painting contractor you're considering will use top-quality products to complete your job. Always ask the brand name and durability ratings of proposed products. Ask questions regarding quality, and do your homework before hiring a professional painter. Get all information in writing, and if you're unfamiliar with brands and varieties, call local paint stores to inquire about the quality and durability of proposed paint products. You can't be too careful when the quality of goods and services are in question.
Although references are a good indication of a well-qualified painting contractor, don't rely solely on references supplied by the painter. If there are unsatisfied customers, you can bet you won't be provided with their contact information. References supplied by the contractor are only as good as the paper they're written on.
Protect your finances and your home by contacting your local Better Business Bureau. If there have been negative reports on a specific contractor, the Better Business Bureau will have it on record. Keep in mind that complaints listed as resolved may not have been resolved to the satisfaction of the homeowner. It's in your best interest to look for a painting professional with an unblemished record.
Local paint stores are also a good source of reference. Those who sell paint on a regular basis are likely to know their best customers, and asking for references at a local paint store or home improvement store is a great way to find the right company for the job. Those who buy paint on a regular basis are likely maintain a steady flow of customers, and having a number of customers is an indication of a top-notch painting professional.
Once you've obtained quotes from at least three painting contractors, it's time to comparison shop. Evaluate the quality of the products supplied as well as the bottom line. A lower quote isn't necessarily the best choice if the products used are of lesser quality.
When comparing quotes, take warranties into consideration. Those willing to warrant the job in writing will stand behind the quality of their work and the products they apply. Someone who warrants his or her services is preferable over someone who doesn't, no matter the final cost.
In addition, make sure a date of completion is included in the proposal, and consider the timeframe in which the contractor proposes to get the job done. If you receive a lower offer but have to wait an unreasonable amount of time for completion, it might be worth the extra expense to go with the higher bid.