Here are some key points to consider when selecting a contractor
for your painting needs:
Seek Recommendations--Solicit the names of
painting contractors from neighbors and acquaintances. Ask if they
were happy with the work performed. Another good source of referrals
is your paint store or decorating center.
Check out the Contractor's Work--Since you
may have different standards, expectations or needs, do not rely
totally on the opinion of others. Go out and see some homes the
contractors have painted. Most professionals will be glad to provide
the names and addresses of previous customers.
Confirm Insurance Coverage--Ask if the contractor
has liability insurance and request a copy of the "Liability
of Insurance." Be sure to hire a contractor who carries liability
insurance or you could be held responsible for injuries he or his
crew sustain while working on your property.
Check affiliations--Find out if your contractor
belongs to your local or national painting contractor associations.
Membership is one indicator of reliability.
Get estimates--For a fair comparison, get at
least three estimates and confirm that the bids are based on the
same materials and workmanship. The estimate should include:
and quality of paint
on surface preparation, i.e. whether the bid includes
scraping, sanding, pressure washing, caulking,
coats to be applied
of how the paint will be applied, i.e. spray,
brush or roll
Insist on a written contract--Make sure the
contractor provides a signed document containing the details of
the work to be performed. Key items are specifics that appear in
the estimate, as well as payment terms and timing for the work to