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Choosing the Right Paint Contractor
Remember that price should never be your sole deciding factor.

by Roger Nickell  
   
   

 
  A painter at work - photo by Anne Krauze
 
Choosing the right paint contractor

There are countless painting contractors out there these days. With so many choices available, it can be difficult to discern the good contractors from the bad. Whether your needs are commercial, residential, interior or exterior the following guidelines can help you sift through all the choices and find the right paint contractor for you.

Ask for references

A good place to start is by asking family, friends, and co-workers for recommendations. Is there anyone you know that has recently hired a painting contractor that has exceeded their expectations? If not, choose several contractors you feel can meet your needs and ask them for references to get a better idea of how satisfied their previous clients have been with their work.

Get several quotes

Although it might seem time consuming and inconvenient, you should always get a minimum of three quotes from three different contractors. Getting a minimum of three quotes not only helps you estimate what the job is going to cost, but also helps you to learn how each contractor operates. The quote process allows you to ask as many questions as you can about your project, the contractor, and how they plan to do the job.

Does the contractor offer a guarantee? If so, be sure that you get it in writing. Is the contractor courteous and timely? Often if a contractor is late to an appointment and doesn't call it is a clear signal that they will do the same throughout the job. By asking questions and listening to how the contractor responds, you can learn a lot about how a contractor will conduct himself on your project. Most importantly, if you have a bad feeling about a contractor don't hire them. Chances are you feel that way for a reason.

Choose the best value

When reviewing your quotes, remember that the price should never be your sole deciding factor. Keep in mind that the lowest bidder is not always the best choice. Be sure you are fully aware of what is included and not included in each quote. The contractor that is the best value will provide the best quality and level of service at the best price.

Check the insurance policy

Before hiring a contractor make sure you ask for a copy of his insurance policy. Most contractors are required to carry some kind of liability insurance. If the contractor is unwilling or unable to provide a copy of his insurance policy, consider hiring someone else. The moment an uninsured or underinsured contractor steps onto your property, you could be liable if anything happens.

Sign a contract

Always be sure to have a written contract. Take the time to read it thoroughly before signing it. The contract should clearly state the agreement between you and the contractor. Even if the contract is not perfect, it is far better to have something in writing than nothing at all. Ask questions and don't be afraid to ask for changes to the contract if you believe some of the clauses are unfair. Later, if there are any questions regarding what your agreement was, you can refer to the contract instead of relying on your memory.

Inspect the work

When the job is complete, thoroughly inspect the work before the contractor departs. Most good contractors will walk you through the work to ensure that you're completely happy with everything. Depending on the project, this normally takes less than 30 minutes and more often than not, you will find something that needs attention. It is far easier to address these issues while the contractor is present instead of days or weeks later.


Interior & Exterior Painting Jobs

Nothing can make or break a home more than it's paint. While a fresh coat of paint can make your home shine with that new again look, dingy, peeling and cracking paint can make it an eyesore for your neighbors and passers by. Keeping your home's paint in good condition doesn't have to be a difficult task as long as you look over it thoroughly on a fairly regular basis. By quickly identifying problem spots can help you make quick repairs and touch ups instead of waiting and having to re-paint your entire home. Your home's interior paint can do the same. Changing your home's bare, white walls will give your home an amazing look. Matching your home's walls to work with your furniture and window coverings can do wonders. Try painting a few accent walls to highlight certain areas in your home. While you usually think of paint as an aesthetic element the truth of the matter is that it is a very important element in protecting your home from the elements. Good quality paint will create a barrier between your home's delicate wood and damaging sun, temperatures and moisture. This is why it is extremely important to properly prepare your painted surface and to check for failing spots on your current painted areas. Quickly fixed paint issues can save you time and the stress and money associated with replacing rotting and damaged wood.


Lead Based Paint Information

One of the most significant safety concerns relating to painting projects and renovations is the possibility of encountering lead based paint. Below you'll find basic safety info on lead based paint, information on how to protect yourself and your family, as well as info on the effects of lead poisoning and the history of lead based paint. read more ...







 





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