Let’s admit it: not all painters are reputable, and the last thing you want is to get conned when you’re only looking to protect and prettify your home. As a consumer, you know you have to educate yourself, but where do you start? What do you consider when choosing a painting contractor?
There’s a ton of resources for anyone looking for prospective painting contractors. Start by seeking recommendations from pals, relatives or colleagues. You can also visit your local Better Business Bureau website and read some consumer reviews at sites like Yelp or Angie’s List. In most cases, contractors with better reviews and higher ratings are more quality-conscious and concerned about meeting or even exceeding the expectations of their customers.
Get a Number of Bids
It’s always wise to ask for multiple bids so you can make comparisons. Resist the urge of going with the cheapest prospect, by far the riskiest way to choose a contractor. But a little healthy competition is always welcome, and it helps to keep prices reasonable.
Meeting the Candidates
One of the key reasons behind people’s dissatisfaction with their painting contractors is that they never asked the right questions before coming up with a decision. Treat your first meeting with your prospects like a job interview. They are practically interviewing for your business or project, so ask them all the questions that may be playing in your head, including the tough ones. You need to find out information about your potential contractor prior to hiring them, not after. Not asking at all could mean courting disaster.
If you’re not asking the right questions, your decision will be mainly based on price. But bear in mind that you’re not looking for the cheapest price. You’re searching for a painting contractor that is trustworthy and will give you the best value for your money.
Asking for References
Your concluding act of due diligence in selecting a painting contractor is to request for references. With a contractor that is truly worth their salt, you will have no problem getting a list of references that you can interview so you can hear about their work and even see it for yourself.
Besides, who can give you a better idea of your prospects’ abilities than people who have actually worked with them? Again, be sure to ask all the vital questions, and end with “Would you be happy to hire the same contractor for a future job?” Whatever their answer to that last question will be the most crucial of all. Now you will be able to decide confidently.