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How to Pick a Good House Painting Contractor

If you’re looking for a painting contractor to repaint your home’s exterior, there’s much to be considered. After all, there can be huge differences among these pros, and you need to know just how to assess the so you can make a smart choice.

Begin with two or three different prospects.

Call these contractors and ask them to come and meet you in your home. It’s important for you to be there so you know just how much time they spent checking things out. Usually, longer is better.
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Lay down your expectations.
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How many coats must be applied isn’t the only factor that affects the price and quality of the job. Preparation is crucial as well. For instance, if you’re looking for totally smooth and even results – that is, free from any remnants of previous paint jobs – make it known to the contractors, and don’t be surprised if they charge you extra for it.

Ask for a written estimate from every contractor on your shortlist

This should include details of everything, from labor to number of coats of paint and primer to paint brands and all else that will affect the results.

Talk to references and look at previous jobs.

If you get good feedback about the contractors, that’s clearly a positive sign. Don’t just leave it all to words though. Ask them if you may visit them and look at the contractors’ work. Older projects are better, if only to see how the work has fared after a number of years.

Consider the credentials of your prospects.

Membership in a business association may not guarantee quality work, but it shows that the contractor is reliable and committed to the industry. Also take time to check if they have the necessary licenses (visit your state’s Contactor’s License Reference website) and whether they have a history of unresolved complaints with the Better Business Bureau or with your attorney-general’s office.

Don’t proceed without a written and complete contract.

A complete contact will have the contractor’s business information – contractor’s name, office address, cellphone and office landline number, and license number – plus all details in the written estimate. Most importantly, this document should explicitly state the project’s start and end dates, and what are and what are not included. You shouldn’t have to pay for the project in full until you are completely satisfied with the result. A 10-15% deposit may be required. Make it a point to get a copy of the pro’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. Needless to say, never deal with an uninsured contractor.

Get a guarantee.

The contractor should give you a guarantee against peeling, flaking , blistering or any other quality issues within the first two years. Finally, remember that labor warranty and paint warranty are not the same.


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