Now that you know exactly what shades of paint you want to cover your walls in, the more important question to ask yourself is – “who can I trust to get the job done?”
There are probably a couple of companies and people that spring to mind; including the odd freelance house painter in your neighbourhood! So, with options in abundance, how can you be certain of picking the right one for you and your home?
It’s not an easy decision to make, but it’s especially tougher when you don’t know what to look for in a paint contractor. Well, that’s about to change because we’re going to make things easier for you! Here are seven questions that every painting contractor must answer to your satisfaction before being hired. Read on!
“Are you a fully licensed paint contractor?”
For more reasons than one, it is advisable to hire a paint contractor with proper licensing. This ensures that the company or person is running a business that meets certain requirements and quality standards that most unlicensed contractors do not. What’s more, a fully licensed paint contractor will possess more professionalism and experience in house painting than the average neighbourhood house painter!
“Are your employees covered by Workers’ Compensation?”
Although you never hear of serious accidents during a house painting project, why take a chance? After all, some jobs require tall ladders or scaffolding and, therefore, put the painter’s safety at risk. To ensure that you will not be held liable for any injuries suffered by employees on your property, the company must carry Workers’ Compensation as well as General Liability Insurance in case of any damage to your possessions.
“What is the total cost of the project?”
While a paint contractor may not be able to give you an exact estimate for the total project, an approximate amount with potential add-ons or reduced costs must be provided in the contract. In other words, the total cost may change with a fluctuation in supply prices or any changes made by you during the course of the painting project; however, this should be reflected in the contract. Moreover, there may be some additional or hidden costs that you are unaware of; hence, it’s important to enquire about the total cost beforehand and have the amounts in writing.
“What grade of paint do you use?”
In order to cut costs, some paint contractors will use a cheaper quality of paint that is susceptible to even the slightest wear and tear. Although a premium grade of paint will affect the overall cost of the project, it is worth the extra money because of its rich finish and durability. While you’re getting all the information about the grade of paint being used, enquire about the number of coats to be applied to have a better understanding of how many paint tins/cans are required.
“Is there a guarantee period?”
Depending on the grade of paint used, most contractors will offer between 3-7 years warranty on the finish. Bear in mind, however, that weather conditions will also play a role in the duration of the guarantee period. If a paint contractor does not offer a warranty, stay clear of them. On the other hand, a verbal guarantee is also useless should the wall paint encounter damage; therefore, it’s important to get what you need in writing.
“Can you provide some reliable references?”
Ask the paint contractor to provide some references to ensure that their work will live up to your expectations. For this, it’s best to speak directly with (multiple) past customers that can vouch for the paint contractor in question (as opposed to reading online reviews). Since most websites won’t show you negative feedback, it’s best to go straight to the customers for all the nitty-gritty details.
“What is needed of me during this time?”
With so much going on, you need to know what role you will play other than overseeing the painting project. Right from prepping your home to cleaning up after; ask your paint contractor what responsibilities will fall on your shoulders in order to be better prepared for them. Also, ask for a rough project timeline to have an idea of when you can expect each room to be finished.
Now that you have all the information at hand, go on and hire a paint contractor to colour up your dream home!