Good tips for hiring professional painters include getting recommendations from friends, colleagues or local paint stores, requesting estimates from three or more contractors, and asking important questions, such as the experience and qualifications of potential contractors. Homeowners may invite a prospective contractor to their homes to show what areas need to be painted. It's important to talk to previous customers to evaluate the professionalism and quality of work of a contractor.
Homeowners should ask about the types of services included in an estimate. When interviewing potential candidates, it's essential to ask how many years they have been working in the industry; if they have the necessary licenses, insurance and bonding; if they hire others to help complete jobs; and if they are members of local or national associations for painting contractors. Other crucial questions to ask include written guarantees and the kinds of products used in painting projects.
Homeowners should inquire about factors that affect the cost of the painting job and explain their painting needs and preferences, such as their desired paint colors and finishes. They should evaluate the physical appearance, behavior and communication ability of each potential contractor.
An ideal candidate is polite, knowledgeable, experienced and punctual. Reliable painting contractors also promptly respond to messages or calls. After choosing a contractor, the next step is to request a written contract and then further confirm project details, including the preparation, cleanup, estimated completion and payment method.