Okay, How would you choose a contractor, assuming you want to paint your garage door, kitchen or basement? Preferably, you’d love to choose someone close or withing your resident.
Before choosing a residential painting contractor, consider the following:
This is how long the contractor has been in business. Always hire a contractor who has been in operation for two years or longer.
2. Employees versus subcontractors
Find out if your contractor have employees and if he does, know if they are direct employees or if they are subcontractors. The workers’ compensation and insurance policies should cover them if they are direct employees. But if they are subcontractors, an insurance policy of their own should cover them. Whatever the case may be, the contractor must provide a copy of proof of insurance for their business and that of subcontractors, if necessary.
3. Preparation work
Know the kind of preparation work that the contractor do. A professional painting contractor will take his time to do everything that needs to be done and what is agreed upon by both of you would be done. At the end, the workmanship will show if the work is good or bad.
Make sure your painting contractor provides references and also call the references before making a hiring decision.
A professional painter should keep up with the latest products and techniques. He should be able to suggest colors and finishes. And also have the knowledge of the latest trend.
6. Get the estimate
Have the contractor put the scope of the project, the materials that will be used and amount of preparation work in a written contract and not on a piece of paper. A good painting contractor should be able to provide their clients with written contracts and specifications.
Apart from the guarantee offered by the paint manufacturers on products, most professional painting contractors will offer you a warranty on the application/preparation process. This should also be in a written form.
You shouldn’t just settle for the lowest price if you want a painter with experience, skills, who is licensed and insured properly and is a good worker. Though, high price doesn’t necessarily mean good work but always make sure not to hire on price and always look at the whole picture.
Most painting contractors operate on very tight profit margins. Some homeowners hired college students, unlicensed individuals and even teachers out of work in the summer and they were happy with the work. If you notice that the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.