QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE HIRING A PAINTING CONTRACTOR
After going through an article on Cabinet Painting Saint Louis, i came up with some questions you may need to ask any painting contractor before hiring them for the job:
What is your main area of expertise?
Various painting contractors have different areas of expertise. As some might specialize in outdoor painting, others specialize in indoor residential projects.
You will want to go for a contractor who specializes in your project needs, although compromises can be made.
What products do you use?
Asking this question will tell you a few things. The first thing is you will see if the contractor knows what they are talking about.
If the contractor offer a range of different products and they can tell you the advantages and disadvantages of each product, that is a good sign.
Secondly, you will get a ballpark for how much you will spend in materials.
What is included in the cost?
Never take an estimate at face-value, or assume you know exactly what is included.
It is vital to note that one contractor’s price could be higher just because they included every possible expenditure you will face.
For instance, some estimates might include only the cost of materials, while other estimates will exclude the extra expenses, such as moving furniture or making preparations to the area that needs painted.
Can I contact some references?
When hiring a painting contractor, always ask for references, and the best advice is to actually get about three.
If you are speaking with a new contractor or one who has not been in business for long, you may take your chances.
However, if the contractor hides or tries to avoid giving you references, know that it is a bad sign.
How long will it take to do the job?
This is a very important question, especially if you need the painting contractor urgently.
Some contractors may have busy schedules, thereby extending months in the future, while others can start immediately.
Also, depending on how big a team they command, different contractors will quote different times to complete the project.
Do you have a written contract?
It is always a good idea to get things in writing in advance, even if everything appears trustworthy.
This written contract will ensure that both parties remain responsible for what they have already outlined, and it will give you the foundation you need to take action per adventure your painting contractor does nor fulfill his end of the bargain.
If the contractor you are hiring refuses to assemble a contract or couldn’t produce one for any reason, it is better to go with a different contractor.