Finding a Good Painting Contractor for Your Home
Let’s admit it: not all painters are reputable, and the last thing you want is to get conned when you’re only looking to protect and prettify your home. As a consumer, you know you have to educate yourself, but where do you start? What do you consider when choosing a painting contractor?
There’s a ton of resources for anyone looking for prospective painting contractors. Start by seeking recommendations from pals, relatives or colleagues. You can also visit your local Better Business Bureau website and read some consumer reviews at sites like Yelp or Angie’s List. Usually, better-reviewed and higher-rated contractors are more conscious about qualiy and customer satisfaction.
Get Several Bids
Asking for several bids is always a good idea for comparison purposes. Don’t be tempted to choose a prospect simply because they made the lowest bid – by far the worst way to select a contractor of any kind. But a little healthy competition is always welcome, and it helps to keep prices reasonable.
Meeting the Candidates
One of the key reasons behind people’s dissatisfaction with their painting contractors is that they never asked the right questions before coming up with a decision. When you meet your prospects for the first time, act like they were going through 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 to find out information about your potential contractor prior to hiring them, not after. By not asking at all, you could be setting yourself up for a disaster.
If you don’t ask the right questions, you’ll end up choosing based exclusively on price. But keep in mind that you’re not after the best 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. With a contractor that is truly worth their salt, you will have no problem getting a list of references that you can interview so you can hear about their work and even see it 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, make sure to ask the crucial questions, and end with “Do you plan to hire the contractor for a future project?” Their answer to that final question will be the most revealing. Now you can decide with confidence.