Painting an interior or exterior of a home or business can give it a new look and revitalize an old or worn building or room. When considering painting, you may want to look at some painting companies to do the work. Because painting is hard, long work, using house painters to do the work may be a feasible idea. But how do you choose the right painting contractor? These tips will give you an idea of what to look for when you are looking at painting companies.
Do a Search
If you are reading this, you most likely have access to a computer. So do a search for painting companies or house painters that are allowed and licensed in your area. This should net you several results with which to start looking at who to hire.
Read the Reviews
Just finding the name of contractors are not enough. You need to check out what other people have said about their service, their timeliness and their professionalism. Look for things like did they meet the deadline? Was their estimate close? Did they go over budget? Did they get all the necessary licenses?
Are they bonded? Were there a lot of project delays? Did they offer to fix any problems that you had with the project? All of these questions will need to be answered.
You can read customer reviews online. These are generally from people who have used them before and so can actually rate their service. They will be able to answer most of your questions. You can also look to the Better Business Bureau or other such related consumer protection advocacy. They will be able to tell you if they have had complaints lodged against them and how they were resolved.
Another good place to look is your local city’s department of licensing and bonding. They will tell you if the company has current licensing for your area and whether or not they are bonded. These are important things because if there is a problems or the house painters damage something, a license and bonding will give you some recourse at recompense. Nothing is worse than working with small claims courts or even filing a lawsuit if the amount of damage is substantial. By using licensed and bonded painting companies, you may save headaches later.
Get an Estimate
Call around to the various house painters and painting companies that you have decided would be a good risk and ask to get an estimate. Tell them exactly what size of building or room that you want painted. Give as many dimensions as possible. Let them know exactly what you want done.
Ask them when they get the project complete by, what the estimate includes, such as paint and labor and what guarantees they have if there is a problem such as going over estimated job completion time or budget.
Compare and Select
Now it is time to compare estimates and reviews. Don’t just pick the cheapest, but compare line by line. The cheapest may not be the best one. See if their labor costs are in line with what is the going rate. Compare their guarantees and project completed date is. Once you have done all this, it should be relatively easy to select your painting companies.
Finding house painters takes a little investigation. By doing a search, reading their reviews, checking on licensing and bonding, getting and comparing the estimates of the various painting companies, you can be assured of getting your painting project done right.