Top 5 Questions to Ask Your House Painter in Portland’s Arlington Heights Neighborhood
Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Thursday, June 14, 2018
When you hire a painting company to come into your home, you need to know what you’re getting into. You need to know you can trust them with the safety of your family and your house, that they will be reliable and dedicated on the job. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five questions you should ask before you hire anyone to paint your home in Portland's Arlington Heights neighborhood.
Ask Your Painter About Communication
Some painting companies have given a bad name to our industry by being negligent in their communication. When you are interviewing a local painting company, ask them for specific numbers to call and people to talk to. For example, “Who do I talk to about billing?” or “If there is a change regarding the project or scheduling, who is my contact person?”
The bottom line in working with a residential painting company is that you need to know there is someone you can talk to with any concerns or questions, and that the person will be reachable and responsive.
Make Sure You Know Your Painter Is Insured and Licensed
In Arlington Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods, some painting contractors are fully reputable and have all their required items in place. They have proper licensing from all relevant government agencies, and they maintain all pertinent insurance. Not everyone, unfortunately, is in that position, so make sure you know you are fully covered.
Be Aware of What Is Included in your House Painting Estimate
Some homeowners have learned the hard way that a cheap painting estimate can hide some unpleasant surprises. You want to make sure you know, Does this estimate include premium paints? How many coats will they apply? What level of surface preparation are they planning on? Will they prime? When it mentions painting a room, does that include the ceiling? A reputable painter will give very clear estimates.
Will Employees or Subcontractors Complete the Work?
When a painting company uses only their own employees, there are several advantages to this:
- You know that only trustworthy, screened painters are entering your home
- There is more direct accountability in the process
- You can be sure that the painters are properly trained in safety and painting techniques
How Will the Painting Company Respond if You Aren’t Happy with Their Work?
Many companies make great promises, but if they don’t follow through with them, the clients have no avenue to address the situation. Ask the contractor things like, “Will we do a walkthrough of the project before the final billing?” Another good thing to ask is, “What if I notice a problem after you have left and the final bill is paid?” The answers you get to these kinds of questions will help you know what kind of house painter you are dealing with.
Premium House Painting for Portland's Arlington Heights Neighborhood and the Entire Metropolitan Area
At Sundeleaf Painting, we strive to be excellent in every aspect of our work, and part of that includes being transparent. Please, feel free to ask us about our estimates, our painters, our training, the products we use… anything! We want you to have full confidence that you can trust us to take excellent care of your family and your home.
You can find out more about our company history here, and our process for ensuring excellent painting here. We have been offering premium house painting services in the Arlington Heights neighborhood and the greater Portland region since 1930, including interior and exterior painting, cabinet finishing, deck restoration, and more.