Choosing the Right Painting Contractor

Deciding who to hire to paint your home can be as complicated as choosing what color to paint it, or at times it can be even more challenging than that. There are many factors to consider before making the first call and a few others after you’ve met with the estimator. Here’s a short list of what to expect and how to choose the right painting contractor for your painting needs.

Ask yourself what you are looking for

What is more important to you: Quality or price? If you are like most homeowners, you might say both but quality comes first – most people are willing to spend a little extra to get a job well done from a reputable company. Painting your house is not something that is always cheap therefore you must be ready to make an investment that will be worth every dollar. Quality work will cost you but you will also reap the benefits of a job well done and a beautiful home. With that in mind, when searching online for painting contractors do not get intimidated by their websites or million dollar homes that they’ve painted. Rather, be confident in making the call knowing that your home deserves the best painter in town.

Ask for Referrals and Check their Reviews

“Most of our clients are repeat customers or referrals either from clients or painting stores “ Luis Ponce GM at Sunwest Painting Get referrals from people who have gotten a good experience with the painting contractors in your area. There is nothing better than hearing from someone else, they will not lie and their home will tell you the quality of the work they can perform. Read what others have to say about that specific contractor; check out reviews on YELP, Google, Angie’s List, Home Advisor, and their website.

Get at least 3 Estimates

Compare prices and see what each of the contractors have to offer. Your estimates should fall within the same price range. Keep in mind that not all painting contractors offer the same services so make sure that the estimate you receive has everything you’ve asked for clearly written out.

Pay Attention to Behavior & Interview Each Candidate

When meeting with a contractor pay attention to the following and ask these questions:

  • How long they’ve been in business and if they are licensed, insured, and carry a bond.
  • Ask for references and if they have written warranties after work performed
  • Ask what products they use
  • Is the contractor busy (good ones usually are)
  • Does he give you a sense of professionalism and experience?
  • Was he in a rush to leave or was he polite and took the time to answered every question?

 Be specific about the Project and Review the Contract Carefully

The best thing to do is to walk them through each area you want painted and show them what and how you want things done. Ask questions of how they’ll perform their job. Once you receive your contract review it carefully and make sure everything you’ve requested is clearly written. Make sure the following are listed:

  • Details on preparation and clean up
  • Paint colors of each area being painted and type of paint used
  • How much time the project will take
  • When and how the contractor will be paid

It’s good to trust your instinct, but it’s even better to do a bit of research before you decide who you’ll hire. Choosing the right contractor for your project will leave you satisfied and save you time and money in the long run.

19 Comments

  • Painters Sydney

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  • Georgia B

    Thanks for providing a list of questions to ask the potential contractors! I can never think of good questions off the top of my head, so it’s really helpful to have some great questions already laid out for me. I will be sure to ask for references and find out how busy they are when I’m looking for a painting contractor.

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    “Deciding who to hire to paint your home can be as complicated as choosing what color to paint it, or at times it can be even more challenging than that.”
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  • Callum Palmer

    It really is important to decide whether you want to focus on quality or cost when choosing a painting contractor. After all, there are pros and cons to either choice, especially if you’re having them paint your home or business. After all, everybody likes things to be cheap, but if you want a quality paint job for your home or office then you’re going to have to pay a bit for it.

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  • Callum Palmer

    I think it is great that you remind your readers to be very specific about the project. After all, when you’re hiring a painting contractor for your business they need to know what they’re doing. If they have a full understanding of the project ahead of time they’ll more likely be able to tell you whether or not they have the skill to do it.

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    It really is important to follow the article’s advice and ask for references when hiring a painting contractor. After all, it is very likely that you have a specific job that you will want the contractor to do. Because of that, you will need to check their references to make sure that they have the skills and experience necessary to do your painting job.

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