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Ten Tips for Hiring a Paint Contractor

Finding a professional painting contractor can be a daunting task. A quick survey of the phone book or a web search will usually provide a large number of Painting Contractors. The choices usually range from small, semi-experienced companies, to large well established contractors. Which ones that are right for you typically depend on the type of project you need painting and the quality of job that you wish to achieve.

Ways to narrow this list down might include getting referrals from friends, neighbors, or business associates who have had similar types of paint jobs done. Another excellent source to get referrals would be from local paint stores. They are usually very familiar with most contractors and can recommend the ones who are most qualified for the type of project you need performed.

After you have narrowed your list down to two or three potential contractors, following these tips will help selecting the right contractor for the job:

Ten Tips for Hiring a Paint Contractor
Provided by: Rohm and Haas' Paint Quality Institute

  1. Specify the Work: To accurately compare quotes, each contractor must be quoting for the same work. Prepare a simple list of the work required, specifying exactly which areas need painting, what gloss level and color you want, and when you would like it to be completed.
  2. Get Quotes: Talk with several contractors, and ask for written quotes.
  3. What is the Proposed Painting Process? Check the details of what the contractor will do for each surface to be painted, including:
    • surface preparation
    • priming (including brand and type of primer)
    • finish coats (type of paint, gloss level, brand, colors, and number of coats)
  4. How Will Your Assets Be Protected? How will the contractor protect the areas around the painting project? For example, will nearby plantings be protected while the exterior is being painted? How will furniture, fixtures, and floors be protected during interior painting?
  5. Timing: When will the work be started? And finished? How many painters will be working on the job? What will the remedy be if the job is not completed on time?
  6. Warranty Protection: Is there a warranty on the work? Does it cover labor and materials or just labor? How long is the warranty and what will the remedy be if there is a paint failure?
  7. Recommendations: Ask for the names of previous customers from each contractor as references, and contact them to get their recommendations.
  8. Presentation: Is the contractor courteous, businesslike, and appropriately dressed? A dirty, unkempt appearance may indicate a lack of care on the job.
  9. Response: Is the contractor punctual with appointments and in returning phone calls, and generally interested in doing business with you? If the responses are slow before the job is awarded, improvement is unlikely when these things are important during the project.
  10. Paint Quality: A painter has access to many products that are manufactured to different quality levels. Insist on a top quality product. The little extra it costs initially will pay handsomely because top quality 100% acrylic paints last much longer than ordinary paints and cost less over the lifetime of the paint job.
Ten Tips provided by: Paint Quality Institute www.paintquality.com

This may seem like a lot of work just to hire a contractor, but there are many unscrupulous contractors out there that will tell you whatever they think you want to hear to get the job, but having no intention of following all the necessary procedures required to achieve a beautiful long lasting paint job. Following these steps closely will greatly increase your chances for hiring the best qualified company for the job.

Chance Painting Company makes every effort to fulfill all of the above requirements in order to better serve our customers. Maintaining a strict set of guidelines, not only in the way we perform the work, but to the way we conduct our business on a daily basis, helps us to focus on the real task at hand, which is providing the best quality work that our customers money can buy. Contact Us today to find how we might help you with your project!

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