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What to look for in a Painting Contractor
When looking for a painting contractor most folks will shop around, getting estimates from several companies. This process will not only let you ascertain a price from a company, but also the level of professionalism with which they operate. In the world of contracting the old adage “You get what you pay for” certainly rings true to this day. While we all want to find a good price, it is important to understand that this should not always be the deciding factor. When selecting a painting contractor for a job there are many other things to consider beyond price.
Experience – Make sure the contractor that you hire has the experience and know-how to get the project done perfectly the first time. A good painting contractor should also have extensive first-hand product knowledge, able to guide you and provide direction in the specific products that will meet your needs.
Fully Insured – It is critical that you hire only a painting contractor that is fully insured. Hiring a contractor who is un-insured or under-insured can put you at a serious liability risk. A painting contractor should carry liability insurance, as well as workman’s compensation insurance if there are any additional employees.
References – Asking around or requesting references can make the difference in finding a company that will honor the estimated price, without adding any hidden charges. You may also want to look at the contractor’s portfolio of work to ensure that they have completed similar jobs that are of high quality.
Professional Organizations – The legitimate and most devoted painting contractors will have joined one or more professional organizations. When looking for a painter, you may want to check for those companies holding memberships with the NAPP (National Alliance of Professional Painters), PDCA (Professional and Decorating Contractors of America) or the BBB (Better Business Bureau). These contractors tend to be the most dedicated and focused on their services.
Warranty – When selecting a painting contractor, ensure that you choose a professional who is willing to stand by the quality of their work even after the job is complete. Some companies will offer extended quality guarantees in the event that the painting flakes, peels, fades or has some other defect over time.
The next time you are looking to hire a painting contractor take a look beyond the nickels and dimes. Asking questions, getting to know them, and requesting references will give you an idea of what you are getting into. Taking the time to do your research will make the difference between a job well done and just getting the job done.