When choosing a painting contractor you may be confused as to where to start. The tips below will help you narrow down the options and make a decision on the best painting contractor for your project.
First, find three or more contractors to compare. Talk to the local paint store, neighbors and friends and do some online research. Comparing three contractors can help you weed out overpriced or too good to be true bids. Have all three contractors bid your job, this helps you to make sure you are comparing apples to apples and getting concrete information from the companies.
Verify that they have the required licenses and insurance. These licenses and insurances protect both you and the contractor. If they are not insured their prices may be lower but it can cost you a lot more in the long run. You can also ask if they have any affiliation with a local or national painting association.
Invite them in and treat the bid like anm interview. Explain exactly what you are expecting and get all the details you can from them. How do they protect your furniture? Do they move furniture? Do they use a specific paint? How many coats? Is the crew a 1099 crew or are they employees of the company?
Ask for references and check up with them. These references can really give you the inside scoop.
Write down all the stuff they tell you including the steps they will take, what color you want, the project dates and any other vital information.
In the end you will need to trust your gut and see which contractor felt like the right fit. Did they show up on time? Did the communicate effectively? Were they kind? These little questions can really make a big impact in how satisfied you are with your painting project.