Your home is your most precious and largest investment. When looking to protect your investment whether it is repairing, renovating or upgrading any of the aspects of your home, you want to make sure you are getting the right person for the job. When it comes to painting either the interior or exterior of your home, you will want to consider several things before making your choice. Here are five questions to ask before you hire a professional painting contractor.
- How Experienced or Knowledgeable is the Painting Contractor or Company?
Some painting contractors have a high employee turnover rates and thus lack the experience and knowledge that is important to doing the job right. Find out how many years the company has been in business and how they stay on top of new techniques. Professionals who are up-to-date on the latest products and techniques can make recommendations as to how to handle any unique aspects of your home or painting requests.
- Can Your Painting Contractor Provide References?
Painters that are reputable should be able to give you examples of their work in the surrounding areas as well as written references from satisfied customers. We suggest also checking online reviews and the Better Business Bureau to be sure they are in good standing in the community.
- Is the Painting Contractor Licensed and Insured?
Find out if the painting contractor have a state-issued license, general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance? It is absolutely critical that the contractor has all necessary insurance and licenses. A reputable, licensed and insured contractor will have all the proper documents.
- Where does the Painting Contractor Fall When it Comes to Cost?
When hiring any contractor you will want to get several bids as to how much the whole project is estimated to cost. Look at where your painter falls in the estimates. Is the company high or low and why so? It is important not to hire solely on price as an experienced and licensed painter may use higher quality paint or guarantee their work. Have the cost be just one part of the final decision on hiring.
- What Type of Service Reputation Does the Painting Contractor Have?
Obviously reputation means a lot especially in the service industry. Does the painter you are hiring have a reputation of being on time and on budget? Does the company follow through from prep to clean up? Are the employees friendly and easy to talk to?
These questions are some of the things you should consider before hiring anyone to paint your most precious and valuable possession.