Home Improvement

Tips for Hiring a Painting Contractor

Tips For Hiring A Painting Contractor - HomeTriangle

Some home improvement projects, such as structural, electrical and plumbing changes, require professional assistance. Although internal and external painting projects do not require professional assistance, you may save time and money by hiring a painting contractor Frisco TX. These are tips to help you find the best contractor available.

Determine Your Expectations

You need to identify what your painting expectations are. For example, will you paint one room or your whole house, including your baseboards and trim? Will you be covering dark wall colors with lighter colors? Also, identify any wall damage that needs to be addressed before painting. Review your schedule and figure out your budget. Then, check with your homeowner’s insurance to determine if it covers painting contractors who may be hurt on your property.

Get Referrals

Gather referrals from family, friends and peers. You may also check with the Better Business Bureau for referrals and their ratings and outstanding complaints. Local building contractors and real estate agents may also be good resources.

Make the Call

Contact each painter on your list. Ask about their licensing and insurance. Find out how long they have been in business and how long they have been painting homes. Discuss their warranties and customer service policies.   

Ask about their availability and the scope of their services. For example, do they wash the walls before painting and will they fill cracks? For external painting, do they pressure wash the walls or repair and replace caulking? Finally, will they clean up after the project?

Meet the Contractors

Each contractor should want to meet with you to review the job specifications and assess the scope of the project. During the meeting, verify their credentials and get copies.

Get a detailed estimate, where the labor and supplies are separated. Then discuss the time required for the project and anything you need to do before the painter arrives, such as removing wall plates and moving and covering furniture.

Compare your quotes, but don’t hire based solely on cost. If you want to save time and money on your next home project, consider hiring a painting contractor.