What to Look for in a Painting Contractor

Hiring a professional painter takes the stress out of painting your house.  That being said, it’s important to hire a contractor who you can trust to get the job done and is both efficient and cost-effective.  So don’t rush to make a decision, take the time to consider your options in order to choose the absolute best painting contractor for your home.  Here are some tips to guide you through the decision process.

Experience

One of the first qualities you should look for in a painter is experience.  The last thing you want is an inexperienced rookie attempting to paint your house.  Don’t be afraid to ask how long the contractor you are interested in has been in business or to review their credentials, as you deserve to know.  A general rule of thumb is to make sure you hire someone who has been painting homes for two or more years.  

Professionalism

After you have determined that your contractor has the necessary experience to complete the task, it is always a smart idea to schedule a meeting so you can set your expectations and go over the details of the project.  This will also give you a chance to evaluate the professionalism of the painting candidate.  Let the contractor explain how he would like to approach the project and then take the time to explain exactly what you want.  This step will solve any discrepancies and ensure a smoother process.

Preparation

Examine the type of preparation work the painter puts into the project.  Cheap contractors may sometimes stint on the prep work in order to cut corners and get the job done quicker.  The painting contractor you want is someone who will skip no steps and take the time to complete everything that was earlier agreed upon.

Knowledge

Be sure to hire an individual who knows everything there is to know about painting.  Your contractor should be up to date with the most advanced techniques and products.  Additionally, take note as to whether or not the painter makes any recommendations on what would be the best materials or strategies to use to complete your project.  Listen closely to contractor’s suggestions to evaluate how knowledgeable he or she is about the latest trends – colors, finishes, styles, etc. – in the painting industry.

Cost

Of course price is a concern.  While getting a low price should play a role when making a decision, it should not be your first or only priority.  What’s more important is choosing a painting contractor with the necessary skill, experience, licensing, knowledge, and work ethic.  And this will most likely not be the cheapest person on your list.  That being said, don’t feel obligated to select the highest bid either.  Simply make sure not to hire solely on price.  Sure, you might get lucky by hiring the unlicensed college student who somehow manages to do a fine job, but in most cases it is simply not worth the risk.  If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Take these tips into consideration and you will be well on your way to hiring the right painting contractor for the job.  And soon enough you’ll be enjoying your newly painted home.