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.


15 replies
  1. Jeff Madison
    Jeff Madison says:

    I appreciate your tip on checking if a painting contract spells out the entire job. It would seem that being sure you are getting charged for all the work that is entailed in a paint job up front would be the best way to see clearly the price and make an informed decision about it. My wife and I are redecorating our living room; when we hire a painter we’ll be sure to check if the contract specifies all of the work entailed in the job.

  2. Olivia Nelson
    Olivia Nelson says:

    I like your idea of getting at least three estimates when choosing a painting contractor. I would imagine that finding out how much multiple companies charge could give you a good idea on typical pricing. My husband and I are looking to hire someone to paint the outside of our home so we should be sure to get plenty of estimates before we choose anyone.

  3. Luke Smith
    Luke Smith says:

    I like your thoughts about making sure to get multiple estimates when looking for a painting contractor. Obviously this would help you find the best deal, but also if could help you notice a potential warning sign if one contractor was offering an estimate that was significantly lower than their competitors for the same service. My cousin has been talking about hiring someone to paint his house. I’ll pass along your Dos and Don’ts.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Jane Ambrose
    Jane Ambrose says:

    My husband and I both agree that the exterior of our house needs to be updated, but neither of us are sure how to go about hiring the right painter. Before reading this I didn’t know that it would be a good idea to have a lawyer review a painting contract. It seems to me like the more you get to know about a painter before you hire them, the better. Thank you for the helpful information!

  10. Finley Moreira
    Finley Moreira says:

    I’m looking at hiring a painter to take care of some touch up work that I need done in my home. It was interesting how you pointed out that it’s important I get at least three estimates before selecting one for my project. Will doing so ensure I get the absolute best touch up job done in my home?

  11. Earnest Watkins
    Earnest Watkins says:

    I thought your suggestion to make sure you get references before hiring a painter would be the most important step to take. I can’t think of anything else that would help establish trust with a painter more than speaking with past clients. How many references would you suggest I get before hiring someone to paint for me?

  12. Roger Middleton
    Roger Middleton says:

    The office at my work is very ugly and I’m wanting to have it painted to where it will look a lot nicer. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to get multiple estimates and to avoid going with the lowest. Once I can get it approved, I’ll start getting estimates from painters in the area to make sure I can get it done right.

  13. Marcus Coons
    Marcus Coons says:

    I agree with you in that it is important to get at least three estimates when looking for a good painter. It makes sense to think that doing this can help you know your options and find the best professional in your area. Personally, I would also want to check with the BBB in order to find the professional that has the proper insurance and certifications for the job.

  14. Elsa Anderson
    Elsa Anderson says:

    My husband and I recently purchased a new home, and we want to paint the living room a nice, calming blue color. However, neither of us have experience with painting and I like that you say to get referrals from friends and neighbors first. Also, I like that you say to make sure the contract spells out everything including the prep work like calking and priming as well as clean up and warranty. My husband and I will keep these tips in mind as we get ready to update the house!

  15. Larry Weaver
    Larry Weaver says:

    I appreciate the advice to get at least three estimates and avoid choosing the lowest option when finding a paint contractor. My wife and I moved into a home that looks like it hasn’t been painted since the 1970’s. Our budget is tight, but we really want to make our home look good, so we will definitely get multiple estimates and get to know painting contractors before we settle on our final choice.


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