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Hiring a Painter

Author: Rachel Gelb
Category: Home Improvement

Regardless of what type of painting is desired, a reliable painting contractor is imperative for the job. Finding the right painting contractor takes research and evaluation. It is important to follow these tips when choosing a painting contractor to hire.

Tips for Hiring a Painting Contractor:

Do Your Research.  Ask family members and friends for recommendations. Check with the Better Business Bureau for accredited painting contractors in the area. Review their ratings, reviews, and complaints.

Get at Least Three Estimates.  When you are looking to hire a painting contractor, it is important to get at least three estimates so you are able to compare prices. Make sure to give each contractor the same specifications and show them all the surfaces that need to be painted so the estimates will be as accurate as possible. Pay attention to the painting contractor’s behavior to get a sense of their professionalism.

Ask Questions.  Make sure the painting contractor is registered and licensed with the state, and has the necessary insurance for the job. Ask the painting contractor if they belong to a professional association. Make sure they are able to acquire permits that are mandatory for the job.  Ask the contractor to provide proof of these credentials or check with your state’s Attorney General.

Get References.  Ask the painting contractor to provide at least three references you can speak with or meet. Ask the references about their experience with the contractor and if they were satisfied with the job. If you are able to, visit the references to see what the completed job looks like in person. Ask if the contractor could easily be reached in case of questions or concerns.

Get Everything in Writing.  Ask the painting contractor to supply a detailed contract. The contract should include: the contractor’s registration number, contact information, the start and completion date, the area being painted, the colors being used, and a list of itemized costs. Make sure the clean-up and preparation details are also stated in the contract.  

Make a Payment Plan.  Do not pay more than one-third of the cost upfront.  Schedule the payments to correspond with the amount of work that has been completed. Make sure you are completely satisfied with the work before making the final payment.

About the Author: Rachel Gelb is Communications and Marketing Manager for BBB serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Find Rachel on Google +.

Questions and Comments

Comment Submitted 1/10/2017

I'm thinking about painting my living room a new color. I like the advice you give about how you should ask questions and get a company that belongs to a professional association. Something else to consider is to get is to get contractor that works with your schedule.
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