Choosing a Paint Contractor
Painting is a skill that requires considerable expertise and experience. It is important to choose someone familiar with the best products needed for your home.
Tools to help you hire the right contractor:
- Checking references and licensing
- Getting specified quotes
- Signing a contract
- Using a quality paint
Experienced painters understand the appropriate steps needed to properly prepare surfaces for painting. They are familiar with the best paints and tools as well as how to use them effectively to ensure a quality finish. Reputable painters also know how to properly dispose of waste.
A qualified painter will provide at least three references. The work for each reference should be similar to the size and scope of your project.
If possible, ask to see some finished projects to verify results.
Ask each referral the following questions:
- Was the job completed on time?
- Were you satisfied with the results?
- Did the quote match the final cost?
- Was the painter’s work disruptive?
- Would you hire the painter again?
Once you have three qualified painters, invite each painter to your home to provide a quote. Make sure you receive quotes for the same work. Prepare a specified list that includes paint color, gloss level, and a completion date. For each quote, get the following details in writing:
- Both yours and the painter’s contact information
- Specification of the exact work to be done, including all areas to be prepared and painted
- Products and colors to be used, including brand names
- Completion date and total
Tips to Choosing Your Contractor
- Pay attention to presentation
- Ask about insurance so you are not liable for injury
- Check licensing laws in your state
- Get a signed, written contract
Never pay cash. Don’t pay more than 10% up front or $1,000, whichever is less. Keep all payment records and only make your final payment once you are completely satisfied with the job.
There are numerous choices when it comes to paint, but a premium paint offers a smoother, more uniform appearance with better coverage. Although a premium paint may cost more, it maintains durability longer so your home does not require frequent repainting.