Planning a remodel? Even if you think you can do it yourself, if you have a big painting job, it's a much more efficient use of your time to hire a professional painting crew to do the job for you. But it's important you find the right contractor, so you can feel confident you will get the results you desire for a price that fits your budget. Otherwise, you end up feeling more stressed because the end result isn't what you had in mind. With careful consideration, and by minding the following guidelines, you can hire a professional crew worth the investment.
Ask your Friends and Family
The best way to find a good contractor is to get some referrals from the people you trust. By asking around, and even looking at the work friends and family members have had done by a painter in the area, you'll gain invaluable insights about who to hire for your painting project. It's also a good idea to look up any contractor you're considering on Yelp. You can see Pro Paint Northwest's five star reviews here.
Interview Before You Hire
Once you've gotten estimates for your house painting job (we advise getting at least three from different local contractors), it's important to vet the candidates with some prepped questions. At Pro Paint Northwest, we know that the quality of painter you hire can make the difference between money wasted or a job well done, and that's why we've listed the following ten questions in our blog post 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Painter for your convenience.
1. Do you have any before and after photos of your work?
2. Do you have any references?
3. How long have you been in this line of business?
4. Are you licensed?
5. Are you insured?
6. How many coats of paint do you apply? (*standard practice is a primer followed by two coats of paint)
7. How will you protect my furniture and property while painting?
8. What brand of paint do you use?
9. How long will the job take to complete?
10. Can you give me a quote?
Pay Close Attention and Check References
Make sure to get at least 3 references to check before hiring a contractor. This can also include visiting sites or homes they've painted and seeing their work for yourself. You can view the map of Pro Paint Northwest's painting sites in Vancouver, WA and Clark County on our website. We'd love it if you drove by the homes to see samples of our work firsthand!
Additionally, during the interview process and first meetings with a contractor, make sure you watch their behavior and pay close attention for any warning signs. Some things to take note of are their tone and attitude (are they courteous, patient and responsible?), their eye contact (do they have an air of professionalism about them?), and whether or not they are on time to appointments (do they follow-through on their word?). Generally, a good contractor is a busy contractor, so keep that in mind as well. If they are booked out for the next three weeks, take that as a sign that they are well-loved and well-trusted by the homeowner's community.
Ask for a Written Contract
The last step in finding and hiring a good painter is to ask for and review the contract or agreement in writing. This is always a wise decision and gives both parties the opportunity to clarify any details before the work has begun.
At Pro Paint Northwest, we believe a gallon of paint is nothing without a coat of professionalism. We believe in hard work, high quality painting, and superb customer service. If you need a painting contractor for your home in Vancouver, WA and the greater Clark County, call us today at (360) 903-3352 for a free quote!