How To Hire a Good House Painting Company (and not get ripped off!)
Getting your home painted is an important investment. It needs to be quality work for a fair price. Unfortunately, time and time again we hear of innocent homeowners getting ripped off, scammed out of money and left with unfinished work! While this will NEVER happen with us, we want you to know how to avoid scams from contractors regardless of who you choose.
A word of mouth recommendation is tried and true—today, turn to your social network for tips. Tweet the news that you're seeking a contractor, or post it on Facebook. It's surprising how helpful a response you can get from your friends in the area. If someone you know had a good experience with a company, you may, too.
LOOK FOR A LOCAL FAVORITE
Established contractors have to perform good work to maintain a local business, so a firm with a history in the area is worth considering. And if you have problems later, or need another project done, your contractor will still be around.
When you're seriously considering hiring someone, get names and contact info for their previous clients. Call the old customers to ask if the project was finished on time and within budget. See about any problems that arose and how the contractor handled them. You can find our reviews on Home Advisor, Angie's List, Facebook, NextDoor and more!
GET CONSISTENT BIDS
Be sure competing contractors are bidding on the same scope of your project, especially if one bid seems like too good a bargain to be true. Otherwise, the bids and timeline for the project could be all over the map. When you're getting close to making a hire, put the terms of the bid down in writing. These details can help the contract start to take shape.
ASK WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR ESTIMATE
Homeowners may just be looking at the least expensive final number when asking for an estimate, and this can be dangerous! Always ask for a detailed quote and also ask if the price includes materials. Lastly, ask if the contractor is licensed, bonded and has worker's compensation insurance. (We do!) These crucial elements may add a few dollars to your estimate, but these protect you as a homeowner against any liability if something goes wrong. If you want the job done right, make sure these checks are marked!
NEVER GIVE ALL MONEY UP FRONT
Any wise contractor will never expect a client to pay for unfinished services in full. If a contractor does ask for this commitment, run far away! In normal situations, the painter and client will work out an agreement to pay in installments as the work is finished, so both parties can feel comfortable.
GO WITH YOUR GUT
The most important criteria when hiring a contractor is choosing someone you trust. This person will be in your house, around your family, and maybe even ripping out walls, floors and ceilings. If you don't trust the person, for any reason, even just a gut instinct, then don't hire him.
We hope you choose Leave It To Nick for your next painting service. We look forward to working with you!