Get Written Quotes from Several Contractors
Since prices may vary quite a bit between different contractors, it is important that you talk to several businesses before choosing one. There is no hard and fast rule, but we recommend getting written quotes from at least three painters. Also, you need to get all of the information in writing, including what items will be painted, square footage to be painted, warranty details, paint that will be used, etc.
You need to get the specifics or else you may be comparing a quote for far inferior materials to one for high quality work. This should all be in writing, so you can refer to the quote later if there is ever a dispute over the work that was done.
What to Look for When Picking a Painter
In addition to getting a quote in writing, there are a number of other aspects you should watch for to determine if the painting contractor is the person or business for your job:
- Insurance and License – When you are getting your quote, ask for proof of their current insurance and license. If they cannot provide you with these, do not hire them. It is usually a sign of future problems.
- Customer Service – Does the painter return your phone calls and show up to appointments on time? During important aspects of the project, it is unlikely you will see much improvement if the responses to your queries are slow before the job is awarded.
- Seek Recommendations – There are two ways to approach this. You can ask friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations. Or, you can ask each contractor for the names of previous clients whom you can contact.
- Timeline – Find out when the contractors think they will be able to start and finish your job. Also, how many painters will they be using? What will the repercussions be if the job is not done on time?
- The Painting Process – For each surface that is to be painted, find out the details of what the contractor will do, including priming, finish coats, and surface preparation. For your project, ask how many gallons of paint and primer will be needed.
- Protection – Ask how the contractor will protect areas around the painting project. If the exterior is being painted, plants need to be protected. And, during interior painting, special attention must be given to fixtures, floors, and furniture.
You can make an informed decision on which contractor you want to pick for your job, once you assess the quote and other above information from each painter. Do not just look at the price: consider all elements of the offer!