Choosing the right painting contractor to help beautify your home can be an overwhelming task; especially if you’ve never hired anyone to do a home improvement project before.
When choosing a painting contractor look for those with the best the best reputation. Here in South Florida, there are too many horror stories of home owners getting ripped-off by some guy wearing white pants.
Become an educated consumer. So where do you start? What do you look for? And, What do you look out for?
One question you can ask yourself is, “Who can I trust to provide me with a quality work and give me the best value for my money?”
Step 1: Explore Your Options
There’s are several resources available to you when you’re trying to find local painting contractors, such as Google, Angie’s List, and Yelp. Always look at their online reviews to see what others are saying.
Other resources to consider when choosing a painting contractor are:
- Your local Better Business Bureau website
- Reputable online review sites like Angie’s List
- Referrals from a friend or family member
Highly reviewed contractors on these review websites tend to be more reputable and are more concerned with exceeding their customers’ expectations.
Step 2: Get Several Quotes
After you’ve selected a few companies of interest it’s time to get pricing quotes. It’s always a good idea to get multiple estimates to compare. Avoid choosing a local contractor simply because they have the lowest bid price, as that is by far the most dangerous way of selecting a contractor. Think about it, the cheapest contractor probably uses the cheapest materials and cheapest labor to get their low price. But a little healthy competition is healthy and helps keep prices to reasonable level.
A general rule of thumb is to collect three bids before making your decision. You will probably have to contact more than three companies in order to get your three bids because some company are backed up for weeks. And others, unfortunately, are just not very good at returning phone calls. Owner operator business are those were the painter is also the owner so when he or she painting, they can’t answer calls in a timely fashion.
Step 3: Interview The Candidates
When clients didn’t know the right questions to ask before they made their decision, they end up dissatisfied with their contractor. Meet first with your contracting candidates and look at it like a job interview.
The painting contractor is interviewing for your job so don’t be afraid to ask questions. The time to ask the right questions about your contractor is before you hire them.
At this point you can assume that anyone giving you a bid is probably a reputable contractor; so be respectful when questioning them. Some potential questions are:
- How long have you been in business?
- Can you provide references?
- What paint brands do you use and why?
- How big is your team of painters or contractors?
If you’re not asking the right questions then your decision will most-likely be based solely on price. But remember, don’t only go with the best price. You’re looking for the company you can trust to provide you with a quality job and give you the best value for your money. Fast and sloppy work is often when you get with a cheap price.
Step 4: Check References
One wise act of due diligence in choosing a painting contractor is to check their references. Any contractor should have a list of happy references they will provide you with so you can discuss their work with past customers.
Step 5: Pass the word and Pay It Forward
Once your project turns out the way you envisioned it would…Pay It Forward. Help your neighbors out by posting a rave online review of your experience. Serve as a reference for the next person who’s needing help choosing a painting contractor for their project. Help make the process of choosing a local painting contractor easier for the next person.