Painting your house is a big decision that not only affects the immediate aesthetic quality of your home, but also the resale value as well. With that in mind, here are the top seven things you need to know about hiring house painting contractors.
1. Be sure to get comparative estimates from at least three different house painting companies. Having your estimates from three different contractors all bidding on the same exact services is the best way to tell them apart. For instance, you want them to give you an estimate on the exact area of the house, the exact same type of pain, the same number of coats, etc. This makes it simple to see who is trying to cut corners with cheap paint or quick, sloppy service.
2. Interview each candidate in the same manner. Similarly, ask the house painting candidates the same questions so you can check their answers against one another. Are any of them the same? If so, then you’re probably getting stock answers straight out of a “House Painting 101 Handbook.” Ask questions like:
- How long have you been in business?
- How many men do you have working for you?
- Do you have the proper/required licenses?
- Do you have proper insurance and bonding?
- Are you a member of any painting contractors’ associations? If so, which ones?
- Do you subcontract your work out or do it yourself?
- Can you provide any references?
- Do you offer written guarantees of your work?
- What products and equipment do you use?
- How long will the project take?
3. Pay close attention to the contractor’s behavior. When you meet up with the contractors, there are signs and clues that you can get from their behavior that will help ensure you get the right company for the job.
- Is the contractor professionaland experienced?
- Is the contractor courteous and down to business?
- Is the contractor busy? If so, is this his busy season or is this year-round? (Good contractors are busy, but if they are too busy, you might not get the proper attention.)
- Does the contractor return your phone calls and provide free estimates in a timely manner?
- Is the contractor on time for your appointments or always late?
4.Preparation is everything. You should always find out how much prep work your contractor is going to do on your home. Perform a self-inspection, looking for walls with cracks and holes, missing plaster sections, bubbling of paint or other blemishes on your house. Estimate what you think should be done and then ask your contractor what he plans to do for prep work. He should say things like scraping, patching, sanding, caulking and priming. If he has no prep plans, don’t use the company. Make sure you have set time goals that will be met so the job is completed on time.
5. Get your warranty in writing and be sure it covers everything. The details of the warranty can be especially tricky to go over so make sure you do so with a fine tooth and comb. Some painting companies only offer warranties that cover materials while others cover labor and materials—you want the latter. The warranty should state the insurance policy covering your home, yard, furniture, etc. in explicit terms. It’s good to have warranty that lasts for at least a couple of years—any shorter and it shows the company doesn’t really stand behind their work.
6. Go out and look at the referrals. Asking for referrals from a house painting contractor isn’t enough—you have to follow up on them. Look for customers that have jobs similar to the scope your project is and then go visit the place in person. If possible, ask to speak with the customer and get a true feel for the contractor’s work mannerisms. Was the job finished on time and within budget? Were the painters clean and safe?
7. Insurance is a must. While the lower estimate from a company without insurance may be enticing, the risks are certainly not worth it. You painting company needs to be insuredagainst claims covering workers’ compensation, property damage, and personal liability in case of accidents. If they aren’t and someone gets hurt, you will be responsible for injuries, time off of work and a lot of other things that will put you in financial ruin. That’s why you MUST ask professional painters to prove they are licensed, insured and bonded before ever getting a quote. Ask to see a copy of the certificate of insurance, or ask for the name of the contractor’s insurance carrier and agency to verify that the contractor has the insurance.
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This article is written by Olivia Reynolds on behalf of Top Tradespeople, UK, specializing in providing painters and decorators quotes at no additional cost. Looking for quotes for a new alarm fitted, your existing alarm repairing or a complete CCTV system fitting, do check out their website to get quotes from alarm engineers.
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