What to Look For When Hiring A Professional Painting Contractor

Painting is deceptively simple in appearance.  You watch a few Home and Garden shows, you plan your upcoming room makeover, and you start to think about how much you could save by doing everything by yourself.  The thing is, even if your paint job looks okay at first-glance, it might be subject to defects or fading in just a few years, or less. 

You want to hire a professional painting contractor for a multitude of reasons, starting with the use of the best paint you can get for your budget.  You’ll need to do your homework, though, if you want to insure that you get the job done right and no shortcuts are being used to take advantage of someone who doesn’t have any experience with painting.

Refer to these key points before starting your painting project at your home or business.


These days it is really fast and easy to look up professional contractors.  On the internet you can use sites like Thumbtack or Angie’s List to look through a searchable database for local contractors and review their credentials, feedback, and resume.  Take this opportunity to line up at least three picks that you will call up and interview over the phone to get more details and pricing information.


If your contractor isn’t licensed, then don’t waste your money.  The money you saved from hiring your uncle Ed to paint your house will be a wash if he forgets to lay a primer down or decides that a thick coat is better than doing two coats of paint.  Any contractor that receives a ton of business should have no problem presenting their business license certificate for you, as well as proof of their liability insurance to cover any expensive mistakes or workplace injuries. 


Before setting up your interviews, start by contacting any references listed on the contractor’s profile.  If they are part of a contracting business, look them up on the Better Business Bureau website.

If they’ve answered your questions to your satisfaction over the phone, move onto inviting them for an in-person estimate at your house.  This is where you can get specific about where exactly you need them to paint, areas that need extra caution, and your schedule allows for time on the job.  This is where you should start asking them details on the paint they will be using, equipment, how they will prepare, and so forth.

If you wish to be completely thorough, you can take notes of everything you agree to and write it down to compliment the contract to be signed.  This should include details of work times and estimated completion, and how the work will be paid during ideal and conditional situations.


Does the painter have hired help?  Assuming this is the case, would they say they are immediate representatives, which means they get a paycheck from the contractual worker, or would they say they are considered subcontractors?  On the off chance that they are immediate representatives, the temporary worker’s specialists’ pay and general risk protection strategies ought to cover them. If they are subcontractors, they ought to have their own protection arrangements.  In any case, the painter ought to give you a certificate of protection both for their business and any subcontractors.

What sort of arrangement work does the painter do by himself?  A less expensive contractor will hold back on the prep work to compromise.  A decent painting temporary worker will take an ideal opportunity to do everything that ought to be done, what they have expressed they will do, and what you both concurred would be finished.  Their work will speak for itself.


Getting the cheapest work you can find is the wrong way to approach professional work.  You need to get somebody with expertise, experience, who is appropriately authorized and guaranteed, mindful of security issues and is dedicated.  That won’t likely be the person with the cheapest offer.  It doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be the most expensive, of course.  Just avoid price-based decisions altogether.  Take a step back and plan for the complete package.  Professional paint jobs work on tight budgets in this economy. 

Don’t let desperation set in and shape your decision-making abilities, you should have an idea for how much you believe the size of your job is worth and how experienced the contractor is in comparison to the rest of the field to choose from.  As with the interview phase of the hiring, it’s a good idea to get three different quotes on your project to see how they vary in both price and scope.  See which contractor is thorough and which one sounds as if they are an amateur handyman with a truck and a couple paintbrush rollers.

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