How to Choose a Quality Painting Contractor
When it is time to paint your house, inside or out, choosing the right painting contractor can be a daunting task. Whether you live in a large city like Atlanta, GA or a small city like Asheville, NC there are so many options to consider. How can you know if the painting company is fair, experienced and trustworthy? Here are some tips to help you find a professional painter and complete your painting or remodeling project on time and within budget.
Make Certain Your Independent Contractor/Painter Has the Appropriate Insurance
Insurance should be your first consideration when deciding which painting contractor to hire. Remember: painting contractors with insurance will have the means to replace any items accidentally damaged during the renovations. Also, if any painters or helpers are hurt on your property, insurance will grant them treatment and work will progress with minimal interruption. Insurance is important in every state so quality painters from Asheville, North Carolina to Santa Cruz, California should have coverage.
Estimators and Painting Consultants Must Pay Attention to Details
Before giving an estimate, painting contractors will visit the house and get a layout of the rooms. During this process, a truly capable and experienced painter will ask a series of questions such as:
- What kind of paint do you want us to use (i.e. Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin-Moore, etc.)?
- Do you want your closets painted as well?
- Who will be responsible for moving furniture, pictures, etc.?
- What kind of decorative finish are you looking for (faux finishes, textures and sheen levels)?
- What colors do you want?
Each of these questions affects the total cost of your painting project since certain elements, such as sheens or darker colors, require more coats of paint and therefore yield a higher price. If the painter asks detailed questions in advance, and discusses painting techniques, ideas for interior painting and exterior painting beforehand, you can expect the estimate to reflect the true total cost. Always demand a detailed estimate and be leery of exceptionally low estimates. If the price quoted sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
Check References for All Interior, Exterior and Faux Painting Contractors
Most painters who’ve been in the industry for ten years or more provide their top five references. The truth is most painters complete well over five jobs a year, so to get an accurate reflection of their work ask for the most recent references. If they have no recent work, ask why.
Ask Your Painting Contractor about Subcontractors
When building or renovating a home, many painting contractors, need to subcontract some of the work to complete the job in a timely manner. Although this is a standard practice, it’s important to know in advance what kind of relationship your contractor has with the subcontractors. If the relationship is long term it insures your house painting job will be done in a timely manner. Ask if subcontractors are properly insured and if they are currently working on other projects as well. Notice if the painting contractor mentions the specific names of his subcontracted staff.
Always remember to ask questions and get specifics when it comes to hiring a painting contractor. Any self-respecting, experienced and trustworthy painter will provide details without hesitation.
About the Author - Brooks Suttle of Beautiful Home
Brooks Suttle is the founder of Beautiful Home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Beautiful Home specializes in helping homeowners, real estate agents, commercial property managers and homebuilders in Asheville, NC and the surrounding areas find quality, licensed contractors. The Beautiful Home database features painting contractors, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, home remodeling professionals, carpenters and more located throughout Western North Carolina. Customers receive referrals for licensed contractors that have been investigated and reviewed by Beautiful Home staff at no charge.