By Nicky Taylor
Finding the perfect painting contractor can be a difficult task. You are letting someone into your home to not only improve it, but give it a professional look. By hiring the wrong house painting contractor you can end up with a big mess on your hands, or possible worse scenarios. It is very important to do the basic background check on whoever you hire to make sure you get the best results.
To begin with, how long has the painting contractor worked in the area? If he is new to the area has he done anything for any of the local residents? While they may be new to the area, you need to make sure they aren’t running from a mob of angry customers in their past. Ask them to provide you with the length of time that they have been working for. They should be able to provide you with some form of proof that they have been in business for a considerable amount of time.
What kind of crew is your painting contractor running? Does he have his own or is he hiring illegals and day laborers? A temporary crew is likely to rush the painting and not give you a professional paint job. Besides this type of crew is bound to have legal issues at some point and this will be nothing but trouble for the home owner they are working for at the time.
All good painting contractors are insured. You need to verify that he has liability and workers compensation for his employees. That way if anything happens while they are working on your home you are not held legally responsible and his insurance will cover it.
A contract should be a given when you are dealing with a house painting contractor. Your contract should outline all the work the two of you have agreed upon as well as the price. Many times a contractor will hand unsuspecting homeowners a huge bill at the end of the job for services they never wanted, and without a contract to state otherwise you could be legally obligated to pay. A contract gives you both peace of mind and shows you exactly what you are paying for each service they provide.
Even more than that, you need to make sure he is willing to communicate with you if a concern arises. If he is on a set schedule and expects everything from you, and won’t allow for your input he might not be the right painting contractor for you. You should be free to discuss objections to paints he would like to use, and days that he wants to work on your home. You are hiring him to do a job for you; he’ll need to work on a schedule that works for you.
If you like the feeling that you are getting from the painting contractor you need to move forward by asking him for references. He should provide them, and not just with people randomly calling you either. Ask for references that have actual contact information available. This will allow you to do a little digging into his past, and get honest feedback from his previous clients, and ask if they had any problems or concerns.
Does this house painting contractor have a variety of experience on past jobs? Do not be afraid to ask how large an area he has experience with, was it a one room job or has he completed a whole exterior. It will make a huge difference as larger homes require skills and better equipment than the average room does.
A good house painting contractor will offer a warranty on their work. They should be more than happy to stand behind the work they have completed. At minimum, a contractor should give you a five year warranty on the paint and job, if not cancel the entire transaction. Of course, remember to get the warranty in writing.
Finally, check and ensure the painting contractor is willing to meet your satisfaction before demanding payment. If there are areas that need touching up will he correct those before you pay? If not there will be problems down the road with the 5 year guarantee as well.
Finding a good painting contractor doesn’t have to be hard. Just keep these simple tips in mind and do your research. You are certain to find one of the best contractors on the market if you are patient and use a little common sense.
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