How To Pick A Painting Contractor

Repainting a home is not an easy task. A quality painting contractor can make this experience a pleasant one. Inviting a painter into your home involves some degree of trust. Proper research before you schedule your painting estimate will enable you to make a wise decision you will appreciate. As a perquisite, make sure the painting contractor is properly licensed, insured, and current.

Quality painting contractors will not overlook details leaving the job incomplete. Details you may not notice until months later. Details like caulking and painting window return behind curtains. Moving and painting behind the refrigerator, behind toilets, inside showers, and around furniture. Do your research, and you can have a pleasant painting experience.

Your research should begin well before you pick up the phone to make contact.

Use a referral service. These companies pre-screen and certify the contractors they recommend. There are some internet referral services and services you can contact by phone.

Go to their site to see if it is professionally written and well-organized.

Check the photos provided. Are the painters professionally dressed? Are the painters using the proper tools and equipment?

You are ready to make contact once you decide who to call.

Be alert when you speak with the painting company. Do they make helpful suggestions? Are they knowledgeable about paint products, manufacturers, and sheen? Some contractors are forceful and sales oriented, more interested in closing a deal and not very informative. Unfortunately, this is revealed during a phone conversation and deciding against scheduling a painting estimate from them at this point may seem rude – it’s not. You have a home and bank account to protect. Cut him off if the painting contractor is sales aggressive and interested in just closing a deal.

Next, comes the estimate.

Professional painting contractors in Airdrie will take precisely written measurements using foot counters and calculators. Written measurements tell a painting contractor how much material will be needed and how many hours will be needed. Be wary of contractors who “eyeball” or skim over the work to be painted; they can become problematic. You’ll hear complaints later about how much material the house took. “The walls were thirsty” is a common complaint of painting contractors who do not use precise measurements when writing a painting estimate.

Now, make your final check of all the information you have collected. In case the contractors are all reliable and they are proposing to accomplish the job in essentially the same way with the same quality of materials, their bids should be relatively close in price. If they are not, you require to ask yourself why one of the bids is significantly higher or lower than the others

Quality painting contractors will be honest and forthcoming trusting in their experience to sway your decision, not sales pitches. Ask questions about their calculations. How much do you charge per wall square foot, per door, per lineal foot of base or crown mold? How many gallons of paint will you need? How long will the job take? When can you start? Quality painting contractors will provide a written estimate immediately after calculating the measurements. Sales minded contractors will “get back to you,” using that as another opportunity to “push” you into a commitment.


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