How to Pick a Good House Painting Contractor
If you’re in search of a painting contractor to give your home’s exterior a facelift, you have some things to consider. After all, not all of these pros are the same, and you have to know how to assess them so you can end up with the right one
Begin with two or three different prospects.
Call in these contractors and make sure you’re home when they come for your initial meeting. It’s important for you to be there so you know just how much time they spent checking things out. Usually, longer is better.
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Lay down your expectations.
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How many coats must be applied isn’t the only factor that affects the price and quality of the job. Preparation plays a huge part too. For instance, if you’re looking for totally smooth and even results – that is, free from any remnants of previous paint jobs – make it known to the contractors, and don’t be surprised if they charge you extra for it.
Ask for a written estimate from every contractor on your shortlist
This should include details of everything, from labor to number of coats of paint and primer to paint brands and all else that will affect the results.
Talk to references and look at previous jobs.
Positive feedback from the contractors’ previous clients is definitely a good sign. However, don’t be happy with mere words. Politely ask them if you could personally come and see the contractors’ work. The older the projects, the better – you want to see how they’re holding up.
Review your prospects’ credentials.
Membership in a business association may not guarantee quality work, but it shows that the contractor is reliable and committed to the industry. Also verify if the contractor has the right licenses (your state’s Contractor’s License Reference website) or any unresolved consumer complaints (Better Business Bureau and your state’s attorney-general’s office).
Have a written contract and make sure it’s complete.
To be complete, a contract should have the contractor’s name, office landline and cellphone number, office address, and license number, plus every single detail included in the written estimate. Most importantly, the document should be crystal on the estimated start and end dates of the job, as well as what will and will not be included in it. Full payment should be withheld until you are totally happy with the outcome. You may be required to pay down 10-15%. Don’t forget to get a copy of the contractor’s insurance certificates (liability and workers’ compensation). Needless to say, don’t use a contractor who is not insured.
Ask for a guarantee.
The contractor should give you a guarantee against peeling, flaking , blistering or any other quality issues within the first two years. Lastly, keep in mind that paint warranty and labor warranty are separate.