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 no shortage of resources for those who are looking for good 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. In general, contractors who enjoy better reviews and higher ratings are more committed to quality work and client satisfaction.
Get Several Bids
It’s always smart to get more than one bid for the sake of making comparisons. 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 it never hurts to have a little healthy competition, which always helps to control prices.
Talking to the Candidates
One of the main factors behind customer dissatisfaction with a hired contractor is that they didn’t ask the crucial questions during the interview. 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. 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 take note, you don’t want the lowest price. You’re searching for a painting contractor that is trustworthy and will give you the best value for your money.
Your last act of due diligence in picking a painting contractor is to ask for 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.
Besides, who can give you a better idea of your prospects’ abilities than people who have actually worked with them? 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?” Whatever their answer to that last question will be the most crucial of all. Now you can decide with confidence.