How to Find and Hire the Right Painting Contractor

Your time is valuable. Why not hire a professional painter for your next project?

Using a professional painting contractor can take the stress out of a D-I-Y painting project. But how to find a painter or a painting company is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Here are some tips on how to find a painter with whom you can be comfortable having in your home.

Ask Us at Red Star, and Ask Around, too!
The best way to find a quality painting contractor is to get referrals from us at Red Star! We have been giving good advice for over 20 years. We're certainly a good place to start, but do ask your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who have had good experiences with painting contractors in your area, too.

Get Least Three Contractors' Estimates
When you receive contractor estimates, if they don't all fall near each other start asking questions about what is precisely included in the job that would cause a differentiating swing in price from one to the next.

Interview Each Paint Prospect
Always ask contractors the following questions:
• How long have you been in painting business?
• Do you have insurance? Are you bonded? (This can determine if your contractor and any hired workers are covered if there is an injury and or damage on property.)
• Are you a member of any painting associations?
• Do you do the work yourself, and will be on-site, or do you hire out?
• Will you provide references?
• Are there guarantees for performance?
• What paint products will you be using?

Be Specific About the Project
It's imperative each prospect gets a the same walk-through that identifies the paint project in its entirety. Be mindful of bringing to their attention any project pitfalls or special requirements you feel are worth noting. Be specific about the surfaces you want painted (walls, trims, moldings, ceilings, etc.) and the paint colors, brands and finishes you want used.

If You Get a Funny Feeling About Professionalism, Move On
As you meet with each contractor, take note of signs and behaviors that might be indicators that the fit between you is not right:
• Does the contractor project a sense of confidence, professionalism and experience?
• Is the individual who will be entering your home polite and mannerly?
• How busy is the contractor (Good ones usually are very busy.)
• Will the painting firm return your phone calls and provide estimates in a timely fashion?
• Take note of timeliness to you to your appointment, too.

Check References
It's wise to get at least three references from past customers and speak to them directly. We at Red Star can help you with that.

Review the Contract
Once you've selected the person or firm who will undertake the painting project, obtain  a written contract and review it carefully for omissions or areas not addressed that are of particular concern for you, such as start and finish times, preparation and clean-up, furniture and floor/rug protection, paint brands used, payment schedule, etc. As the homeowner and consumer, you have the right to ask specific and detailed  questions about any issues you need clarified.

Once you complete these steps, you’ll be ready to hire the right painting contractor—and enjoy your newly painted home.


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