Questions to Ask Your Painting Contractor

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Questions to Ask Your Painting Contractor:

Questions to Ask Your Painting Contractor

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When it comes time to hire painting contractors to do work in your home or business, there are many important factors to consider. Naturally, you want high quality work done that will enhance the look and value of your property, but there’s more to it than that. One way to make sure you end up with the best painting contractor for your situation is to ask a lot of questions. Here are some samples that will help point you in the right direction.

How Much Experience?:

It’s always important to ask painting contractors how much experience they have before you let them get t work on your property. What’s more, you also want to make sure they have the right kind of experience. If you need the exterior of your home painted, choosing a contractor that specializes in that type of work will probably be your best bet. Look for length of experience, but also try to match the type of experience with the type of work you need done. How Much Experience?

Do You Have References?:

You’d be hard-pressed to find painting contractors that would classify themselves as hard to work with or say they produce low quality work. If you want an honest opinion, you should ask for references and then actually call those references and ask. Ask for three references, then ask the references how the work has held up, how quickly the painters worked, if there were any issues, and any other questions you can think of. Do You Have References?

Do You Offer Warranties?:

One of the greatest things any contractor can do is to guarantee their work. Ask what kind of warranties your contractor provides, so you can feel confident and comfortable about the work that’s about to be done. Ask for a manufacturer’s warranty on the paint and products used, and then a performance or labour warranty for how those products are actually applied. Do You Offer Warranties?

Are You Fully Insured?:

When painting contractors get to work in your home or business, there is always the potential for damage to the property or an injury on the job. Make sure that any painting contractors you work with have insurance to cover each of these possibilities before you give them the go-ahead to start the project. Are You Fully Insured?

How Much Do You Charge?:

Many people will ask this question first and then base most of their decision on it, even though there are more important aspects. Price is always important, but don’t just follow the cheapest price, because more often than not you’ll also get the lowest quality. Look for a competitive price and ask about payment plans or other packages to help you pay for the project, if necessary. How Much Do You Charge?

Do You Provide Written Estimates?:

Written estimates will give you a written record of how much you are to pay in case there is discrepancy later. It will also help you to shop around and compare different painting contractors before you make a final choice. Do You Provide Written Estimates?

How Long Will the Job Take?:

Quite often, a painting job means you have to adjust your home life or workplace, so try to find out how long the job should take ahead of time. This will only be an estimate, but at least you’ll have a general idea. Sometimes, things like other renovators in the space, special requests by the customer or adverse weather conditions can make it take longer than anticipated. How Long Will the Job Take?

Do You Use Subcontractors?:

It can rub a lot of customers the wrong way when painting contractors take a lot of time promoting their services, only to pass the job off to someone else when it comes time to get to work. Ask if they use subcontractors before you sign any contract. If they do, ask to speak with the subcontractor before you sign, then ask him all the same questions you asked the original contractor. It seems like a lot of work, but the results will be worth the effort. Do You Use Subcontractors?

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