‘You can’t just hire the first painter you find in the phone book or on Google.’ This is a common misconception. We all know that professional painters exist, but how do you go about finding one? What are the things to consider before choosing and hiring a professional painting company? In this blog post, we will explore these questions and more!
1. Consider the contractor’s qualifications
Ask the contractor if they have experience with your kind of project and specific needs. Discuss (and later verify) what professional education or certifications they have received in their trade. Also, inquire how many years they’ve been on the professional painting scene and where else they work locally. Finding out about their professional background will help weed out amateurs and less qualified contractors.
2. Conduct a thorough search to find the best contractors in your area
Checking the local listings or phonebook or a quick Google search will only increase your options, which can make it even more confusing. On top of that, there is no way to know through listings what kind of services the painting firm offers.
Two better ways to bring you one step closer to finding the right painting contractor are:
- Asking friends and acquaintances to recommend good contractors whose services they have availed in the past.
- Checking online boards and forums where customers recommend and list painting companies they have worked with.
3. Interview at least three different candidates before choosing one
The key to narrowing down your search is to interview at least three professional painters. It’s essential that you choose a painter who not only has the skills and expertise to deliver quality work but also one with whom you feel comfortable working closely on such an intimate project.
4. Check out online reviews from past customers
Reviews of professional painting services can be found on Yelp, Angie’s List, and other review sites. While some online reviews and testimonials are fake, many come directly from the horse’s mouth–the people who have hired professionals for their homes or businesses in the past.
5. Ask for references of past clients
Ask the contractor for references of people who have employed their services in the past so that you can contact them and find out more about how their experience with this company went.
If the contractor seems hesitant or reluctant to provide references, or gives incorrect information about past clients, be wary of trusting them with your project.
6. Make sure the professional painter is licensed, bonded, and insured
Verify the contractors licensing and insurance coverage, so you’re not liable for any damage they cause while working on your property.
7. Get multiple estimates
If you’re not sure which contractor to go for, get written estimates from multiple painting companies, along with detailed information about what type of paint will be used, how many coats will be applied, etc., so you know exactly what kind of work will be done on your home. Taking project quotes will protect you from hiring an overpriced contractor and hidden charges.
8. Check out their past projects
The final and perhaps the most important thing to consider before hiring a painting company is the quality of their work. Quality matters because you want your home or office to look beautiful!
If possible, visit the sites of their past projects or ask for before and after photos or if they have a portfolio of professional projects. That way, you know what to expect from their services.
By now, you should have a good idea of what you need to consider before choosing and hiring a painting company. We hope this blog post has been useful for you, and if you’re ready to get started on your next painting project, please give Attention to Detail Painters a call. We offer free estimates in Castle Pines, CO, so we look forward to hearing from you soon!