Hiring a painting contractor is a big decision, and can make the difference between money wasted, or a job so well done that you glow with pride to show it off to your friends and family. We want you to have the best experience possible, which is why we recommend conducting a thorough interview with anyone you consider hiring. Here are 10 questions to ask a painting contractor to learn more about them and to decide if they're right for the job.
Do you have any before and after photos of your work?
Getting some visuals of past projects is a great idea. This holds the contractor accountable to the quality of their work and allows you to see it firsthand.
Do you have references?
If so, call them! If they point you to Angie's List or Yelp, it's worth it to take the time to read the reviews and get a better picture of who you're hiring.
How long have you been in this line of business?
The more experience they have, the better! Give them the chance to tell you a bit more about their expertise.
Are you licensed?
This may be an obvious one, but it's still very important to ask! Only accept a contractor who says 'Yes!'
Are you insured?
Again, a commonly overlooked question that is absolutely essential in order to avoid possible legal issues in case anything happens at the job site or in your home.
How many coats of paint do you apply?
Standard practice is a primer followed by two coats of paint. For surfaces that have never been painted three coats of paint are recommended.
How will you protect my furniture and property while painting?
Make sure the contractor you hire uses drop cloths and other precautions to protect your household items and property from unwanted splashes of paint!
What brand of paint do you use?
The cheaper the brand, the lower the quality. Research the kind of paint the contractor uses to ensure you feel comfortable with the quality.
How long will the job take to complete?
It's always a good idea to meet eye-to-eye on the time estimate for any project and get it out of the way early to avoid miscommunications later on. Also, be sure to inquire about what the process is in the case of adverse weather conditions.
Can you give me a quote?
Ask for a comprehensive quote and only accept the contractor who can do the job for a price within your budget.