Some tips to consider when hiring an exterior painting contractor are to ask for references, get estimates from multiple contractors, be specific about the project when discussing it with the contractors and thoroughly review the contract before signing it. It is also recommended to interview each potential contractor and to ask around for painting contractor referrals, either from friends or family, or from a local paint supply store.
Both Benjamin Moore, a leading paint supplier, and Angie's List recommend getting an estimate from at least three contractors. In most cases, the estimates should fall within the same price range. However, if the estimates greatly vary, it is necessary to ask what corners the contractor is cutting in order to offer a lower price than the others.
When interviewing potential contractors, some good questions to ask are how long the company has been in business, whether they have the necessary license if required by the state, what products the contractor uses and whether or not they have insurance and bonding. Benjamin Moore also recommends asking whether the contractor is a member of any painting contractor's associations, whether he subcontracts out the work or does it himself, and if the contractor offers a written guarantee for his work.
When checking a contractor's references, it is a good idea to visit the references if possible, as this allows the individual to see the quality of the contractor's work and how well it has held up over time.