Contractor Checklist

Are you hiring a contractor?

Our checklist will help you narrow down your search.

Hiring a Contractor can be overwhelming. With our checklist, you can feel comfortable choosing a contractor that best suits your needs.

 

  • License- Make sure that the contractor you’re considering is a licensed professional. Look them up on the Contractors State License Board. Licensed and Insured contractors will have General Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance, and a State Issued License.
  • Experience- When hiring a contractor, you want to hire a reputable professional. An experienced contractor can help you with choosing quality materials and keep up with the latest trends in the industry. Ask for references when hiring a contractor.

  • Preparation- Contractors with experience know the correct way to prepare your surface for the work that will be performed. They will not take shortcuts in the preparation and this will ensure quality.

  • Written estimate- A professional painting contractor provides their clients with written contracts and specifications. They include the cost of materials, labor, and any other charges. The cost needs to be discussed upfront so there aren’t any surprises for either party.

  • Warranty- Is the contractor you’re interviewing offer a warranty on their work? Manufacturers offer a warranty on their products and contractors should specify the details of their written warranty.

  • Cost- Hiring on cost alone isn’t always the best bet. Low priced bids may not always be the best quality. Being comfortable with the price is always good but one also needs to factor in the quality of the job.

  • Multiple Estimates- It is smart to shop around with at least 3 different contractors. You can see which one offers the best quality, warranty, and style of work that you are looking for.

  • Ask Questions- Asking questions can help you be comfortable with the contractor and they can help find solutions that fit for your project.

 

Paint-It-Forward 2017

What is Paint-It-Forward?

Paint-It-Forward is a charity program that was founded ten years ago by Joshua Ambrason in Los Angeles California. It helps families and nonprofits in need of a paint job that for some unfortunate reason cannot afford it. Since completing the first painting job ten years ago many painting contractors across the US and Canada have taken Paint-It-Forward to their communities and have reached a goal of over $1,000,000 worth of free painting services and materials. Sunwest Painting has joined the movement; we know that there are hundreds of families and non-profits in desperate need of a paint job and we want to help! We are giving away a $3,500 paint job to a deserving family or nonprofit org in our community. We are excited to transform, beautify, and give back to our community by giving away this paint job.
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Tips For Protecting Your Exterior Commercial Paint Job

Repainting your commercial business depends on four major factors: getting the first job paint done right and using quality paint, choosing the right colors, pressure washing every year, and touch ups. It is recommended for the exterior of a commercial building to be painted every 5-7 years, knowing exactly when to repaint your business will help in maintaining its visual appeal and preserving its value. Below we have listed four major points that will help you in keeping your building looking like new all year long.
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New Year! New Cabinets!

Thinking of new kitchen cabinets for this coming new year? Now you are.. and if you’re like most of us then most likely that’s something that is not in your budget during this holiday season. If your kitchen cabinets are old and outdated and you can’t afford to replace them painting them is the best solution, not only will it give your kitchen a complete new look but it can save you a lot more money than buying new ones. At Sunwest Painting we take great pride in our cabinet work.
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What To Expect During Your Painting Estimate

What can you expect and what should you ask when the estimator arrives? Below are the guidelines we follow to offer our potential customers a detail quote and excellent customer service.
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Painter For A Day

Do you have a small project in mind? You might need a few touch-ups here and there. The best option would be to hire a painter for a day.  For 7.5 hours and a set price, you can hire a painter to focus on a specific project or revive your residence without spending thousands of dollars. Our Painter for a Day deal is designed to help you save time and money.

Painter For A Day – Interior Painting

This deal was created for any type of interior painting or touch-ups you may need around the interior part of your home. You provide the paint; we provide 7.5 hours of excellent labor. This deal also includes minor surface repairs and inexpensive supplies like tape and spackle.

Painter For A Day – Exterior Painting

The deal includes painting and minor surface prep including hand scraping, machine sanding, and caulking/puttying as necessary, spot –priming and painting. An additional fee is added if sprayers are required.

Painter For A Day – Drywall or Plaster Repair

We offer Drywall or Plaster repair services. The deal includes light materials such as drywall tape and spackle.

Our Painter for a Day Program was designed to help you maintain and keep up its appearance. We know that you might not always need a full interior or exterior paint job and we want your home to stand out with a fresh coat of paint.

You will be amazed at how much can get done in one day.

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Painter for a Day, Painting Deals, San Jose, Los Gatos, Palo Alto

*Painter for a day includes up to (7.5) hours of labor of painting services. The worker must take 2 breaks of 15 minutes or combined 30 minutes. Painter for a day cost includes labor and basic materials. Painter for a Day does not guarantee a finished job. Up to two hours of additional labor may be purchased at $90.00/hour. Full cash payment to be made upon completion of the painting. If the painter finishes before the 7.5 labor hours are completed there will not be a discount associated. Commercial Buildings not eligible for Painter for a Day Promotion.

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.

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