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How to Choose a House Painting Contractor If you’re looking for a painting contractor to repaint your home’s exterior, there’s much to be considered. Besides, these pros are not all created equal, so you have to know how to assess them and choose wisely. Start with at least two or three prospects. Give these contractors a call and have them visit you in your home. You need to be there so you can see how long it took them to check things out. Usually, longer is better.
Figuring Out Painters
Present your expectations.
Understanding Painters
How many coats must be applied isn’t the only factor that affects the price and quality of the job. Preparation is crucial as well. If you’re going for total smoothness and evenness of the surface, with zero traces of earlier paint jobs, tell the contractors but be prepared for additional charges. Get a written estimate from each of your prospects. This should include details of everything, from labor to number of coats of paint and primer to paint brands and all else that will affect the results. Call references and take a look at past work. If you get good feedback from the contractors’ past clients, that’s obviously a good sign. Don’t just leave it all to words though. Politely ask them if you could personally come and see the contractors’ work. The older the projects, the better – you want to see how they’re holding up. Review the contractors’ credentials. While membership in an industry association or local business group doesn’t guarantee good work, it shows that the contractor is committed and reliable. Also verify if the contractor has the right licenses (your state’s Contractor’s License Reference website) or any unresolved consumer complaints (Better Business Bureau and your state’s attorney-general’s office). Have a written contract and make sure it’s complete. To be complete, a contract should have the contractor’s name, office landline and cellphone number, office address, and license number, plus every single detail included in the written estimate. Most importantly, the document should clearly state what is and what is not part of the job, including the start and end dates. You shouldn’t have to pay for the project in full until you are completely satisfied with the result. You may be required to pay down 10-15%. Make it a point to get a copy of the pro’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. Needless to say, don’t use a contractor who is not insured. Demand a guarantee. The contractor should give you a guarantee against peeling, flaking , blistering or any other quality issues within the first two years. Finally, take note that paint warranty is separate from labor warranty.