Is it time to have your home painted? Most people will not take this type of project on because of the amount of work involved. In addition to that, there are some skills that are required in order to make the finished job look good including cutting in the edges and corners and not touching the ceiling (which is usually white) with the wall color. If you are not a skilled painter, it might be a good idea to hire professional painters who do this work full time and will do a great job. Hiring skilled painters is important and here are several things that you should look for when you are searching for the right painters for your job.
Meet the Team in Person
A professional painting company should provide you with a free estimate of the work to be done in person. If you are offered a quote over the phone or on-line, this is probably not going to be accurate. You should meet the painters face to face to get a feel for what type of people they are. Move around your home with them to discuss the job and observe how they are putting the estimate together. If they notice the small details and are not rushing around you will likely get a much more accurate estimate.
Get a Recommendation
The best way to hire a reliable painting company is to ask friends and family for their recommendation. Generally, if someone you know, and trust has had a good experience with a company they will want to share that recommendation with you. Similarly, if they have not had a good experience with a company, they will likely share that with you too. Do ample research by reading reviews online to learn about other people’s experiences with the company you are thinking of hiring. Check more than one source to get a reliable feel for the company and read all the reviews – positive and negative. Read the responses of the company to the negative reviews to see if they at least tried to ensure that their customers were happy with their work.
Ask Plenty of Questions
Meeting a company representative in person gives you the opportunity to learn more about them and about their company. Ask a lot of questions to get all the information you need to decide if they are right for the job. Here are just a few questions that might help you to come to a decision:
- Will you be doing the work or using a subcontractor?
- How large is your crew and how many painters will be on-site to complete the job?
- How many years of experience do you and your company have?
- What is the entire process from start to finish and how long will it take?
- Is payment due immediately upon completion or can I make payments?
- Will you do the clean up after the job is completed?
- Am I required to do any prep work before you start the work?
- What type of paint will be used?
- Do you have any references that I can see?
- Will you offer a guarantee that the job will be done to a high standard or deficiencies will be corrected free of charge?
- Do you offer paint color recommendations and how many coats will the job require?
Call Several Painting Companies
It is a good idea to call several companies and obtain many estimates. All estimates should be free and without any obligation to hire that company. Make certain that the estimate that you obtain is in writing because you want the big picture of the job cost including the labor, costs for materials, paint brand, and a description of the work to be performed. Compare estimates to decide which company is offering the best deal and consider all of the factors aside from price including quality of work and whether or not you get a good feeling about the company and the representatives that you met.
Ask to Review a Portfolio
Quality painting companies should have a portfolio available that you can examine which is either printed photos or digital. There may be examples of recent jobs completed if they have a website, blog, or social media accounts that they regularly post to. Examine before and after photos and note the work quality – there should not be any obvious problems with the finished product.
Request a Contract in Writing
Like the written estimate provided, you should receive a contract that outlines the details of the job to be completed. This should include labor costs, timelines, cost of materials, the cost for prep work, and anything else associated with the job. Take note if there is a guarantee provided for the work done. This is usually to rectify any issues with the completed work such as flaking, peeling, chipping, bubbling, blistering, fading, or chalking that may occur within two years after completion of the work.
If you are looking to hire a professional painting company for your next painting job, consider Johns Creek Painting Services. Having a freshly painted home is a great feeling and can update your home without massive expense.