Let’s admit it: not all painters are reputable, and the last thing you want is to get conned when you’re only looking to protect and prettify your home. As a consumer, you know you have to educate yourself, but where do you start? How do you recognize a good painting contractor?
There’s a ton of resources for anyone looking for prospective painting contractors. Start by seeking recommendations from pals, relatives or colleagues. You can also visit your local Better Business Bureau website and read some consumer reviews at sites like Yelp or Angie’s List. Usually, better-reviewed and higher-rated contractors are more conscious about qualiy and customer satisfaction.
Get Several Bids
It’s always wise to ask for multiple bids so you can make comparisons. Resist the urge of going with the cheapest prospect, by far the riskiest way to choose a contractor. But it never hurts to have a little healthy competition, which always helps to control prices.
Talking to the Candidates
One of the key reasons behind people’s dissatisfaction with their painting contractors is that they never asked the right questions before coming up with a decision. When meeting your prospects for the first time, act as though it were a job interview. They are literally interviewing for your business so don’t hold back when you want to ask questions, including the tough ones. You need to find out information about your potential contractor prior to hiring them, not after. Not asking at all could be the worst mistake you’ll make as far as the project is concerned.
If you don’t ask the right questions, you’ll end up choosing based exclusively on price. But take note, you don’t want the lowest price. You’re trying to find a painting contractor you’re sure will provide high-quality work and the best value for your cash.
Asking for References
Your last act of due diligence in picking a painting contractor is to ask for references. If a contractor is worth their salt, they will have a ready list of references to give you so you can see and assess their work for yourself.
Besides, who can give you a better idea of your prospects’ abilities than people who have actually worked with them? Again, be sure to ask all the vital questions, and end with “Would you be happy to hire the same contractor for a future job?” Their answer to that final question will be the most revealing. Now you can decide with confidence.