Whether you’re looking to repaint as part of a full remodel or simply want to add some new pep to a favorite room, you don’t want to trust the job to just anyone. Yes, you want a painting contractor on your side who’s affordable, but the price should be far from your only concern. In fact, there are questions to ask that will make the process smoother and hopefully successful.
Here’s a closer look at some critical questions to keep in mind when hiring a painting contractor.
Hiring a Painting Contractor • The Questions You Need to Ask
1. Are they adequately insured?
When you choose someone to handle your next painting project, you’re not just hiring someone for a job. You’re hiring someone to work on your property. That means insurance is a must. (Having liability insurance of your own is not a substitute.)
Don’t be shy about asking your would-be contractor whether they carry a comprehensive business liability policy. Make sure they have a full worker’s compensation policy in place, as well. This way, you’re fully protected and won’t be left holding the bag if anything goes wrong.
2. Do they have the right expertise?
Although it might be tempting to assume that one painting job is pretty much the same as another, your contractor really needs the right kind of experience. Touching up the paint job on your home’s exterior isn’t going to be the same as repainting your spare bedroom or handling a commercial project.
Some top contractors (like Valley Painting Pros, to name just one) are experts in many different types of jobs. Others specialize in only one thing. You don’t want your house to be the property someone inexperienced learns the ropes with, so ask to see examples of completed work similar to what you’re asking for.
3. What’s their reputation like?
Nothing prepares you for a possible customer experience quite like the experiences others have had before you. Always look into a contractor’s reputation before trusting them to work on your home. What are their online reviews like? If someone wasn’t satisfied with the work done, what (if anything) was done to resolve their complaint?
Be sure to ask any contractor you’re considering for references, as well. A reputable professional will not be offended by this or hesitate to give you what you want. If the contractor does not have references, consider it a red flag and keep looking. Once you have the references, make sure you follow up and contact them for a chat.
4. Do they offer guarantees on their work?
Reputable companies that care about their customers and take their work seriously don’t cut corners when they’re doing a job. First, they use high-quality materials and top-notch equipment. Secondly, they hire the best professionals for their team and see to it that they’re fully trained. Additionally, they do whatever it takes to get the job done correctly, as well.
Companies that are doing everything they should be are willing to stand behind their work with warranties and guarantees, so don’t settle for anything less. Check to ensure any warranties cover both the actual labor and the materials used for the job. Insist on getting warranties or guarantees in writing, as well.
5. Are they attentive, responsive, and professional?
You don’t want to wind up stuck with a contractor who’s too swamped to give your job the attention it deserves or who makes you feel like you’re “just another customer.” You need someone who will be attentive to your needs and patient when answering any questions you have. They should have some questions for you, as well, the better to make sure they grasp the scope of what you need to be done.
Speaking with a potential contractor should put your mind at ease. You should leave the conversation feeling confident that this company is equipped to handle your project and serious about getting the job done right. If you don’t feel that way, keep looking until you do.
Your home is one of your most significant financial investments and a huge part of your life. You deserve a contractor who understands this and will treat your property as if it were their own. Don’t settle for anything less!
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