Does it seem like just about any person off the street is calling themselves a residential painting contractor? How do you know who’s legitimate and who’s not? Don’t get distressed and just relax. Remember, the reason why you’re here is because you’re seeking ways to help you discern who the better choice is. Breathe and here are some clues on what to look for.
Conduct interviews over the phone prior to scheduling a sit-down interview. This will help you narrow your list down to about three or four of the residential painting contractors you’re most likely to hire, and will save you time and money in the long run, as you won’t be wasting valuable hours and days scheduling and conducting personal interviews.
Never hire a residential painting contractor who doesn’t have the proper insurance coverage and bonding. Without the right protection, the financial consequences of a work site accident could come back to you. Don’t take a contractor’s word for it – get their license, insurance and bond information and call the companies to verify that everything is in its right place.
Another good way of hiring a good residential painting contractor is through your project designer. These designers generally have good rapport with a contractor with whom they usually work with. You could hire a contractor recommended by the designer. If you have researched the designer well, chances are you will not have to research the contractor in great detail as they would have chosen their residential painting contractors wisely too.
The internet is a boon for people who want to complain. But quality professionals tend to answer such complaints online as well as by personal contact. You can verify from the interiot and exterior painting company’s complaint records on how they resolved customer complaints. You could even check with the complainant if you are able to contact him.
Read over the contract if you are thinking of firing your residential painting contractor. See what its says you about you firing the contractor and how to take care of differences. Maybe it says a third party will be necessary to mediate issues to further along the project.
Some residential painting contractors will offer you a “better price” if you let them use your project as a model of their work. Is it really worth it to have to accommodate people for a year just to save a little money now? If you don’t mind complete strangers coming to your project all the time then it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get the discount.
If your project is small and specific to a certain part of your house, like a bathroom or kitchen, it is better to get a painting specialist rather than a general residential painting contractor.
Whenever it’s possible, buy local! Painting Contractors who are known to your community are less likely to run a scam, because their reputation drives their business. Even if a residential painting contractor who lives further away is genuine, your project may end up suffering delays because they have to commute to and from the work site.