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:
- DO get referrals from friends, neighbors, co-workers.
- DO check your initial selections with the Better Business Bureau and the Contractors Board.
- DO get at least three estimates, and don’t necessarily choose the lowest.
- DO make sure your painting contractor has the proper licenses, insurance, and bonding.
- DO get references and check them.
- 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.
- DO have your lawyer review the contract.
Painting Contractor Hiring Don’ts:
- DON’T hire a painting contractor from a Yellow Pages ad or a flyer on a supermarket bulletin board.
- DON’T fail to disclose any hazards the painting contractor may encounter: lead paints, asbestos, and other potentially harmful situations.
- 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.