Choosing a Reputable Painting Contractor
It’s a fact: some painters are disreputable, and the last thing you want is to deal with any of them when you just want to beautify and protect your home. You know you have to be informed as a consumer, but where exactly do you begin? What are the things you should consider when choosing a painting contractor?
There’s an abundance of resources when you’re trying to find prospective painting contractors. Start by seeking referrals from friends, family members or coworkers. You can also go to your local Better Business Bureau website and read reviews left by real people on consumer sites such as Yelp and Angie’s List. Usually, better-reviewed and higher-rated contractors are more conscious about qualiy and customer satisfaction.
Get Several Bids
It’s always wise to ask for multiple bids so you can make comparisons. Avoid the temptation of picking a prospect just because they are the cheapest, by far the most dangerous way of deciding which contractor to hire. But a little healthy competition is always welcome, and it helps to keep prices reasonable.
Among the biggest reasons people are dissatisfied with their painting contractor is that they never knew what questions to ask before making their choice. Treat your first meeting with your prospects like a job interview. They are literally interviewing for your business so don’t hold back when you want to ask questions, including the tough ones. You need information about your potential contractor before you hire them, not when they’ve begun priming your walls. Not asking at all could mean courting disaster.
When you don’t ask the right questions, you will tend to decide primarily on price. But take note, you don’t want the lowest price. You’re looking for a contractor you can trust to give you with a quality job and and the best value for your hard-earned cash.
Asking for References
Your closing act of due diligence when finding a good painting contractor is to seek references. If a contractor is worth their salt, they will have a ready list of references to give you so you can see and assess their work for yourself.
After all, the most credible sources of information about your prospects are those who have actually worked with them in the not so distant past. Again, be sure to ask all the vital questions, and end with “Would you be happy to hire the same contractor for a future job?” Their answer to that final question will be the most revealing. Now you will be able to decide confidently.