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 an abundance of resources when you’re trying to find prospective painting contractors. Begin by asking for recommendations from a friend or relative. As well, you can explore the website of your local Better Business Bureau and scan some consumer reviews features at consumer sites such as Angie’s List or Yelp. 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. Resist the urge of going with the cheapest prospect, by far the riskiest way to choose a contractor. But a bit of healthy competition is always good and it helps to keep prices in check.
Talking to 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. Treat your first meeting with your prospects like a job interview. They are practically interviewing for your business or project, so ask them all the questions that may be playing in your head, including the tough ones. If you want to know more about your potential contractor, you need to do it before, not after, you hire them. Not asking at all could be the worst mistake you’ll make as far as the project is concerned.
If you’re not asking the right questions, your decision will be mainly based on price. But keep in mind that you’re not after the best price. You’re trying to find a painting contractor you’re sure will provide high-quality work and the best value for your cash.
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, make sure to ask the crucial questions, and end with “Do you plan to hire the contractor for a future project?” The answer to that last question will be the most telling of all. Now you will be able to decide confidently.