A fresh coat of paint will improve the look of your home and increase the value of your home. For many homeowners, painting is a strenuous job they’d instead allow a professional to handle. Unfortunately, many ‘professional painters’ are without the necessary qualifications and experience working on painting projects. And the quality of their work might make you regret why you hired them in the first place. Luckily, several painting professionals at Body Corporate Painting Brisbane value their profession. And below are tips that will help you choose the right professional painter.
- Make A Detailed Plan Of Your Project
A well-thought-out plan will help you save a lot of time and money. Below are questions that will help you come up with a plan.
- Are you planning for an exterior or interior paint job?
- How many rooms do you plan on painting?
- What paint brand and coat do you want to use?
- When do you plan to schedule the project?
- What’s your budget?
Answers to these questions will give you a better idea of what you want and how you want it achieved.
- Start Researching Potential Professional Painters
This step requires a lot of patience. There are several ways you can use to research contractors. Using the internet is one of the options where a simple keyword search of ‘painters near me’ will show you hundreds of painters in your area. A quick visit to their websites will give you an idea of the type of services. Once you’ve identified potential contractors, look at third-party sites like Facebook, Yelp, and Google Reviews and read the reviews from previous clients. Reading reviews gives you an understanding of their service delivery and how they treat their clients.
Alternatively, you can ask for referrals from those within your circle. Since many professional painters operate locally, they’ll likely refer you to a painter. And in most cases, personal referrals yield better results when searching for the right professional painter.
- Start Vetting Potential Painting Contractors
Armed with a list of potential painting contractors, start calling each one. You already have a list of questions to ask each contractor in this stage; the vetting process will help familiarize you with each contractor and determine whether the contractor can provide you with what you’re looking for in a professional painter. Some of the questions you should ask include
- How many projects similar to yours have they handled?
- How many years of experience do they have?
- How do they handle customer complaints?
- Will they be working on the project independently, or will they use subcontractors or employees?
- What is their payment schedule?
- Ask For The Professional Painter’s References
Now that you’ve narrowed down your list of potential contractors, ask each of them for a list of references. Each list should preferably have about ten references. And if possible, call each reference and ask for their experience working with the contractors. This stage should help narrow your list to several highly qualified professional painters.
- Ask For Their Licensing And Insurance Information
Painters need to be licensed to operate their painting businesses. So, if you find a painter isn’t licensed, it means they’re operating illegally. And rather than risk working with an illegal business, you’re better off moving on to another painting contractor.
Asking for a contractor’s insurance information is also very crucial. The last thing you want is to work with an uninsured contractor. And that’s because if anything happens to your property or the uninsured painter, you’ll be liable for the injury or damage caused. Therefore, ensure that your contractor has a worker’s insurance policy. And a liability insurance coverage that will ensure that you’ll be adequately compensated in case of property damage.
- Ask For A Written Estimate
The number of contractors left on your list should have significantly narrowed. Call at least three professional painters and ask them for estimates. Insist that they should send the estimate in writing. A written estimate will help protect your interests if a dispute between you and the painter arises. With an estimate of how much each painter will charge you.
Professional painters bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge. And the right painter will be an investment.