Choosing a Painting Contractor – Obtaining Quality Workmanship Without Sacrificing Affordability
Repainting a home can be a daunting task. A quality painting contractor can make this experience a pleasant one. Inviting a painter into your home involves a certain level 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 returns behind curtains. Moving and painting behind the refrigerator, behind toilets, inside showers, and around furniture. Do your research and you will have a pleasant painting experience.
You research should begin well before you pick up the phone to make contact.
- Check their website 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. Quality painting contractors will take precise 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 weary 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 really thirsty” is a common complaint of painting contractors who do not use precise measurements when writing a painting estimate.
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.
The interaction you make with the painting contractor during the painting estimate will most likely determine your decision who you want working your painting project. All that is left is the final price. Unless you are absolutely sure, never make a decision until after you considered all the painting estimates. Something may come to you later. You may add some walls, a room, or some doors. Thank the contractors for their estimate and let them know you will contact them later either way. Sales minded contractors will push for an immediate commitment – don’t do it.
You are ready to sign the painting estimate once you decided which painting contractor you would like to paint your home. You will find that most estimates are comparable with a couple painting estimates. The painting contractor you may not be the least expensive but should be comparable. You will have piece of mind and satisfaction knowing that you made an informative decision in choosing a painting contractor to paint your home.