There comes the point in time when you will need that professional touch on your walls, you know, painting or repainting your home. Finding and hiring the best painting contractor is your sure guarantee of a superior-quality job that is not just durable but safe. How do you find and hire the right contractor? You start by calling at least three to five different painting contractors. Get the references and recommendations from family and friends about their preferred service providers and then create a shortlist.
Step two would be to schedule an initial meeting with at least three of the service providers and preferably have the meeting take place in your home. This will give them an opportunity to walk through, assess the condition and give a realistic estimate of what needs to be done. Always keep in mind a realistic and more accurate estimate takes more than a simple walk-around your home.
Ensure you have your expectations stated clearly as per the task lying ahead of the service provider. No doubt the quality and cost of any painting job are determined by a whole lot of factors. It is best to air your views and expectations to ensure they factor all that in and provide an accurate estimate. Speaking of estimates, it is important that each painting contractor provides a written estimate. This should include a breakdown of the cost of labor, cost of materials, the model and brand of materials, number of coats/layers of primer and paint and a detailed account of amount of prep work to be done.
As they submit their written estimate, request for a list of references and call their past clients to find about their experience working with the contractor in question. Should you have the time, do not hesitate to visit one of their past painting work especially one that is a few years old. Such a site visit should give you the perfect picture of the durability of their painting work. You might also want to know the skill and competence of their current crews by visiting a recently completed painting project.
The last step to hiring a competent painting contractor is to consider the credentials. Remember being a member of a business or trade group is not a guarantee their painting work will be durable and of unrivaled quality. However, it shows a high level of reliability and commitment on their part. Of course, you must verify their certification and licenses are valid.
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