How to Pick a Good House Painting Contractor
If you’re looking for a painting contractor to repaint your home’s exterior, there’s much to be considered. 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
Start with two or three prospective contractors.
Give these contractors a call and have them visit you in your home. You have to be there so you know how much time they took checking things out. The longer, the better.
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Lay down your expectations.
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The number of coats to be applied by the painter is hardly the only factor involved in terms of the project’s quality and price. Preparation plays a huge part too. For example, if you want a super smooth and even look – free of traces from past paint jobs – tell the contractors and be ready to pay more.
Get a written estimate from each of your prospects.
This should cover everything, from number of paint and primer coats to brands to labor costs and all.
Talk to references and check previous work.
Positive feedback from the contractors’ previous clients is definitely a good sign. Don’t just leave it all to words though. Ask them if they would allow you to come and take a look at the contractors’ work. It’s best to inspect projects that were done several years ago so you can see how the quality is holding up.
Review the contractors’ credentials.
Membership in a trade association or business group makes no guarantee of good work, but it indicates the level of commitment and reliability of the contractor. Also take time to check if they have the necessary licenses (visit your state’s Contactor’s License Reference website) and whether they have a history of unresolved complaints with the Better Business Bureau or with your attorney-general’s office.
Don’t proceed without a written and complete contract.
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 clearly state what is and what is not part of the job, including the start and end dates. You shouldn’t be made to pay in full until you are finally satisfied with the outcome. A 10-15% deposit may be required. Make it a point to get a copy of the pro’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. Needless to say, never deal with an uninsured contractor.
Demand a guarantee.
The contractor should give you a guarantee against peeling, flaking , blistering or any other quality issues within the first two years. Finally, remember that labor warranty and paint warranty are not the same.