Do you ever get that sunken feeling of disappointment and defeat when you spend a lot of time and money on a project that doesn’t turn out right?
The long anticipated house painting job could give you that same feeling if you aren’t careful.
Hiring painting contractors can be a sticky business, especially because so many contractors out there don’t have proper training or are just trying to get more money than they’re worth.
To ensure you are going to get the quality paint job you want, spend time with your contractor and get to know how they and their team works.
Here Are Seven Questions You Need to Ask Painting Contractors Before You Hire
1. “Do you have a list of past references?”
If painting contractors have done good work in the past, they should have a list of references.
The best reference lists will include jobs completed in the last few years along with jobs completed in the last few months. Some contractors will give you a reference list on their own, but if they don’t, ask them for one.
And don’t be satisfied with just the list. Spend some time getting in touch with the references and ask if the contractor did good work, if the quality lasted, and if the overall experience was satisfactory.
Another way to find out if a contractor has a good record is if they have received any rewards for their services. You can also visit a few online review sites and find out what previous customers thought about their work.
2. “Will your workers respect my home?”
Though your home is, during this project, their work space, the painters should not treat it as such.
Make sure you ask questions about how the crew will behave while inside your home. Will they clean up at the end of the day? Will they be listening to loud music or use offensive language?
You should also consider asking about the company’s hiring policy and whether or not they make background checks. If they do make background checks, ask to see some of the reports. You don’t want to end up with workers who could steal personal belongings or, even worse, endanger you or your family.
3. “Are you insured?”
Professional painting contractors should have at least two forms of insurance: Comprehensive Business Liability and Workmen’s Compensation.
The first protects your home from damage received from the crew, and the second protects you and the crew from liability during work. You shouldn’t work with any contractor who doesn’t have these two insurances.
You should also make sure they have a warranty and ask about what it does and doesn’t cover. Most good warranties should last between one and three years and cover any materials and labor required to make repairs.
4. “How long have you been in business?”
Ideally, you want to hire a contractor who has been in business for at least five years. This will ensure the contractor will stick with the job and make sure it is completed properly.
It is even better if the contractor is part of an organization like the Better Business Bureau. A contractor who is part of an organization like this understands people want to check past work, and they are willing to let customers do this.
Being part of these organizations is also a good sign that the contractor is committed to their work and will provide quality service.
5. “How long will the job take?”
Some painting contractors are very busy and might not be able to work on your house for several more months. If you need your house to be painted immediately, you should make sure your contractor can begin painting immediately.
The amount of time it takes to paint the house can also depend on how large the painting team is. If you need your house painted quickly but your painting contractor has a small team, you should probably look for a different contractor.
You should also ask how many coats of paint your contractor plans to use. A single layer of paint will not hold up well, especially outside under the sun, wind, and rain. Multiple layers of paint will take longer to apply, but it is definitely worth waiting the extra time.
If your painting contractor gives you a timeframe that seems too short, make sure they are planning to do two coats of paint.
6. “What materials do you use?”
Painting contractors should use professional paints from well-known stores, such as Benjamin Moore. Asking what kinds of materials a contractor is using can help you find out if they are using good paint or bad paint.
Usually, more expensive paint uses better ingredients. A good way to tell if a contractor is using low quality to paint to save money is if they are unwilling to switch paint brands.
To go along with this, you should also ask what they usually paint. Older houses used older paints and often have many layers of paint underneath. Painting a newer house is usually pretty straightforward. Contractors who are used to painting newer houses may not have the skills to paint older houses.
7. “Do I pay upfront?”
There is nothing particularly wrong with paying upfront, but you should be aware of a few things when paying upfront.
If the painting company is small, they may require an upfront payment to help them catch up with their expenses from the last job before they start your job. A large upfront payment can cause the company to rush through the rest of the job without a lot of motivation, and the painting job on your home can end up sloppy.
If a company does require an upfront payment, ask why they need it and what the money will go toward. The smaller the amount, the better.
Don’t Settle for Second Best
You should never settle for a contractor you aren’t sure can provide you with the services you need. If you don’t know where to start with your painting project, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll make sure your home receives the care it deserves and that you’re happy with the results of our work.
Call us today (855) 744-6645