Hiring the right paint contractor for your home or business paint projects can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are several factors to consider and steps to take prior to making a decision.
- Clearly define the scope of the project. Once you have written down the project’s parameters and your desired outcome, it will be easier to clearly communicate to the contractor exactly what you want.
- Get two or three quotes. Ask friends, colleagues, or neighbors for recommendations and then make a few calls. Look for contractors who return your messages in a timely fashion and are well-organized.
- Research the companies. Do they have the proper business licenses and insurance policies? How long have they been in business? Do they have a good reputation? Be sure to ask for references and call them prior to signing a contract.
- Who will actually perform the work? When the contractor is giving you the quote, ask who will be performing the paint work. Some companies hire regular employees, while others will sub-contract the job. Employees may be incentivized to deliver excellent results, may receive other benefits that result in feelings of loyalty to their employer, can be held accountable by their employer, and may also receive special training.
- Preparation and safety. What will the contractor do to prepare the area to be painted and to protect the surroundings? Some areas will require extensive prep work, such as sanding away old paint and smoothing surfaces, while others may not. Understanding what goes into the project will prevent any surprises later. Also ask about safety measures, such as ventilation, ladder safety, and how they plan to protect any objects or surfaces nearby.
- Review the estimates. Formal estimates should be detailed and match up with the scope you provided. Look for costs to be broken down by labor versus materials. Ask for a project timeline to accompany the estimate.
By following these tips you can feel confident in your decision. Don’t be afraid to repeat questions if you do not get a satisfactory answer the first time. It is your right as a consumer to be well-informed and to feel comfortable with the contractor you choose.