Tips On hiring a Paint Contractor

Hiring a contractor can be a risky business, and a painting contractor is no different. Whether it’s a small job like having a bedroom repainted or a big job like your home’s exterior, you need to do your homework. Here are some tips on sorting out the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Painting Contractor Hiring Dos:

  1. DO get referrals from friends, neighbors, co-workers.
  2. DO check your initial selections with the Better Business Bureau and the Contractors Board.
  3. DO get at least three estimates, and don’t necessarily choose the lowest.
  4. DO make sure your painting contractor has the proper licenses, insurance, and bonding.
  5. DO get references and check them.
  6. DO make sure that the contract spells out the entire job including prep work: power washing, calking, primer coat, paint brand and quality, cleanup, payment terms, warranties, and schedule.
  7. DO have your lawyer review the contract.

Painting Contractor Hiring Don’ts:

  1. DON’T hire a painting contractor from a Yellow Pages ad or a flyer on a supermarket bulletin board.
  2. DON’T fail to disclose any hazards the painting contractor may encounter: lead paints, asbestos, and other potentially harmful situations.
  3. DON’T hire a contractor unless you can pay him. A mechanic’s lien on your home makes it difficult to sell.

If you have followed all these tips, you and your painting contractor will both have a satisfactory experience.

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5 replies
  1. Ridley Fitzgerald
    Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    When hiring a paint contractor, you need to be sure to pick the right one. I like how you pointed out that you should never just hire someone you see on a bulletin board. I have been tempted to do that before, but research is always worth it.

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  2. Derek Mcdoogle
    Derek Mcdoogle says:

    In your article, you stated that we should make sure that the contract spells out the entire job including prep work: power washing, caulking, primer coat, paint brand and quality, cleanup, payment terms, warranties, and schedule. My wife convinced me this morning that it is time to repaint the rooms in our house. I wonder if there are certain colors that most people choose for their homes.

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  3. Rachel Lannister
    Rachel Lannister says:

    Thank you for the helpful tips. You wrote that you should get references form the paint contractor and you should definitely check them. I’ve been wanting to have the walls in our hallway painted for quite some time, but have never hired anyone to paint before. I’ll definitely ask for references, to ensure I am working with a legitimate and reliable service.

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  4. Ridley Fitzgerald
    Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    Thanks for the great tips on hiring a painter. Asking for references is only good if you make sure to check with them. When we have our kitchen repainted, I will make sure to contact the references we get.

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  5. Rachel Lannister
    Rachel Lannister says:

    Thank you for the wonderful read. I particularly liked what you said about how you should choose a painting contractor that outlines all the details of the job, including all the prep work. If they are that transparent, it likely means they are an honest and reputable painter. My sister needs her kitchen painted, so I’ll be sure she looks for this quality, to ensure that she can have a freshly painted kitchen without any complications.

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