If you are looking for a great painting contractor, you might not know where to start. There are likely a lot of them in your area, and choosing one can be overwhelming. All of us want the interior and exterior of our properties to look great, but we need to ensure the contractor we choose is reputable, will do the job properly, and is not going to rip us off. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure you pick the best one who is going to complete the job right and have your place looking great. Below are six ways to find a great painting contractor.
1. Ask Around and Get Several Quotes
Of course, you may start out your search for a great painting contractor by asking friends and family members for suggestions. We trust our friends and family, so we are likely to at least interview the individuals that are recommended to us. However, it is always a smart idea to get multiple quotes - at least three or four - and meet different professionals, as all jobs differ and a professional’s team or prices may have changed since your friends or family members used him or her. Newer crew members may have less experience or the price list may have been altered. If you were not referred by someone else, ask the contractors for reference lists. If they are well-respected, they should not hesitate to provide you with some.
2. Search Engines
Perhaps the simplest way to find a painting contractor in your area is to use a search engine such as Google to look for one. Type in keywords such as “painting contractor” with your zip code and you’ll get an idea of who might be the best contractor for your paint job and how many options you have. Google does a pretty good job of listing high quality painters highly up in their search results, so chances are you can trust the first companies you see listed.
3. Ask Your Local Paint Shops
One of the most overlooked and unthought of ways to find a painting contractor is simply to ask your local paint shops. Many contractors prefer to do business with local shops instead of bigger chain stores, so they should certainly have some suggestions you may want to look into. Ask which contractors buy the highest quality paint, are reliable with payments, and have great reputations in the community.
4. Pay Attention to Ads
While advertising in newspapers isn’t the most lucrative way to find business (seeing as many people no longer subscribe to them) placing advertisements in/on newspapers, local magazines, television, radio, and the Internet is a good idea for contractors to get their names out to the public. Pay attention to these and if you’re interested, give them a call.
General Tips for Hiring a Painting Contractor
There are some steps you should take when choosing to go with a contractor after you find one. First, simply pay attention when one comes to check out your property. You should definitely be present at the property in need of a paint job when the contractors come to check out your place and assess what procedures they may need to carry out to complete the job. You will obviously need to get an idea of the contractors’ work ethic and personalities, but also be sure to note how much time they spend during their assessment. While experts in other industries are expected to work quickly and immediately know what needs to be done, professional painters usually need more time to analyze the structure and determine which type of paint, primer, and so on they will need to use.
Along the same lines, ask for an honest breakdown of expected material, time, and labor costs. Certain factors can greatly change the price of your paint job, including the brand of paint, how many coats will be applied, and any other processes that the contractor plans to carry out. If you are diligent about who you choose and how you find them, your paint job is guaranteed to turn out great.