You recognize the importance of hiring a good painter, but finding the right painter can be a little tricky. It’s important to look for painters with experience and referrals, but sometimes that isn’t even enough. Here are a few things you should avoid when hiring a painter to do work around the home.
Watch the Deposit Size
It’s normal for a painter to ask for a deposit on the work. This allows the professional to purchase necessary supplies. However, the deposit should not total more than 25 percent of the quoted job cost. If the job is going to be less than a thousand dollars, then the contractor may not even ask for a deposit.
The Initial Meeting is with a Salesman
Larger companies have professionals who meet with potential clients to provide estimates. While it’s fine to meet initially with a salesperson, it’s also important to meet with the team leader who will actually work do the work on your home. Sales people sometimes promise things that are unrealistic, and meeting with the crew leader will help ensure that you are hiring the right company.
Hiring an Unlicensed, Uninsured Company
Companies that are licensed and insured proudly advertise that information for good cause. Licensed contractors are registered with local government agencies, and the insurance is to protect you and your home in the event of an accident. In addition to stating that they are licensed and insured, the company should also be willing to show you their license and proof of insurance.
Quotes are Flexible Instead of Fixed
You want to know exactly what you will be paying for the work. Some companies provide a rough estimate and leave it open to change the total later. They may increase the price if the job takes longer than they expect. While this may seem reasonable, it’s actually a way to charge more than you would have initially agreed to. Insist on a fixed estimate so you will know exactly how much the job will cost. Get the estimate in writing to protect yourself.
The Painter Insists on Cash Payment
Professional painters will happily accept cash or checks, and many businesses will also take credit cards. If they insist on cash payment, you have to wonder why. Whether you are planning on paying with cash or not, look for a painter that takes other payment methods.
Referrals Based on the Wrong Type of Work
There are countless types of painting to have done around the house. If you are interested in having your living room faux painted to look like suede, then positive referrals for an exterior house painter aren’t what you need. You will want to know how many times the painter has done faux suede painting and how the finished product looked. When asking for referrals, make sure the type of work matches the work you need to have done.
When hiring a painter, it’s important to do your homework. In addition to looking for an experienced painter with solid referrals, watch for these warning signs and avoid them. Deposits should not be for huge sums, and the company should not insist on cash payment. Make sure the referrals reflect the type of work you need, insist on a flat estimate and look for contractors who are licensed and insured. With these tips, finding a reputable contractor will be easier than you thought possible.
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