Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring a Painting Contractor
When hiring a painting contractor, there are things to consider that you may not have thought to be important.
In this article we outline some of the possible pitfalls to be avoided and questions to ask before deciding on a particalur company.
For starters, it is important that you have a certificate of insurance from the contractor doing the work, because let's say, for instance, their painting a piece of trim on a ladder, the painter falls breaks his neck.
It is now possibly going to be your homeowners insurance policy that foots the bill.
Another pitfall, is paying upfront - you should pay when the job is done and when you're happy.
Another pitfall that people run into is not getting references.
If a contractor doesn't have references to give you, maybe nobody has anything good to say about them, so you might want to consider not using a contractor who cannot provide you with a list of references. In all cases you should be able to see their reviews online or on their website.
One last pitfall, you want to make sure you avoid, and this is a biggie, hiring a contractor based solely on price.
If their price is significantly below everybody else's, you probably should toss it out because they're missing something
Maybe they're not qualified to do the job, Maybe they don't know exactly what they're doing, Maybe they're just going to do a bad job because they're short-cutting so many things.
Questions to ask Before Hiring a painting contractor
What kind of paint do you use? This seems to be a no brainer, but none the loss extremely important. Quality paint is a must, as paints are not created equal.
Is your estimate a flat rate? What do you mean by flat rate.... well in other words when they come in their going to give you a charge, they are going to lay out exactly what's supposed to be done and everything on that is included in that proposal. If there's anything else outside of that scope, that's why I always touch on be clear on specifics, yup you be clear on what you want and then if there's an extra cost, it's because something extra has been done. Or are you having hired a contractor to come in with three or four guys for 470 bucks an hour or something like that, and they end up taking two weeks? In other words, get you a flat rate, yeah 2,000 bucks. Doesn't matter how long it takes this is the job.
Do you offer a written guarantee? Is the painter going to stand behind the workmanship.
How long will it take to complete the job? Be very clear about when their going to start and his projected date to get done, if its exterior the weather is of concern, so sometimes you may have to be a little flexible with, but at least there's communication going on.
How will you protect non painted surfaces? Make sure everything is covered, if it's not supposed to have paint on it, it should be covered up.
How will you prepare the surface for painting? In other words, make sure they are going to use primer and what specific products that they are going to use for patching.
Who will supervise my project and are you using subcontractors? You want to make sure that you know who's on the job. If it's a subcontractor, that's nothing wrong with that. But if their subing it out to someone who he/she works with make sure you're introduced, and you also have a rapport with that person.
How long have you been in business? It's always good to check. Although keep in mind, there could be a company in business for 35 years or for five and and the guys for 35 years does horrible work. You never know, but chances are, if they've been in business for a while and has had a company in that particular city they do pretty good work.
What references can you give me? Make sure you get about three references and be sure to call these people there's no sense of getting the reference if you're not going to call them. Most companies will post a completed project online. Visit their facebook page to see their work.
And those are basically the most common pitfalls that people run across when hiring a painting contractor, If you'd, like more information or for a free estimate, feel free to give us a call at (813) 440-0832.