As we’ve discussed before, there are a whole lot of reasons to call a professional house painter rather than tackle a project yourself. Handing your to-do list to a competent, experienced pro is extremely freeing, and it ensures that the work will be done well and on time.
The next logical step is finding that competent pro.
How Do You Find a Painting Contractor?
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Trust Your Intuition – Sure, intuition can be fickle at times, but overall your painter should leave you with a good feeling. This is someone you need to be able to trust in and with your home, after all.
- License and Insurance – This can narrow the field quickly. If your painting contractor isn’t licensed, insured, and local, check them off your list of candidates. Otherwise you may be held liable for any potential workplace accidents or damage.
- Is Your Time Valued? – Clear focus and communication, punctuality, returning phone calls or emails quickly… These are all signs that your project will likely be handled well and efficiently. If you feel like you’re on the back burner while they’re trying to win your project, just imagine what things will be like after the job is theirs.
- Clear, Detailed Estimate – There is no room for ambiguity when it comes to your estimate. It needs to clearly lay out and define the work included in the total, steps to completion, products being used, timeline, and more. Assuming that something will or won’t be included is a risk.
- Review the Reviews! – Online reviews are helpful. And, beyond just looking at the surface grade, take a look to see if your prospective pro took the time to address poor reviews and thank the positive ones. This can tell you a lot!
Make sure that surface preparation is included in your estimate. We’ve encountered extremely low-quality “professional” work in the past that needed to be stripped down to the foundation in order to be properly repaired. Surface prep is the key to any enduring painting project, inside or out, and attention to detail is an attribute of a truly high-end painter.