Consumer Guide To Choosing a House Painting Contractor
Finding a professional house painter can be tough. Anyone with a brush and a pick-up truck can call themselves a professional. But, how do you know who’s any good without being an expert yourself? How do you make sure they can do the work you need done?
This report will help you ensure your painting job gets done right the first time. It will show you the things you need to know to get you painting project done professionally at the correct price. Most importantly, you will learn the basic questions you need to ask any contractor before you hire them.
Types of Painters
First, let’s explore what kind of painters are out there for hire. Basically, there are three types of painters: the “brush it over” painters, the “wanna be” professionals, and the true professionals.
The “Brush it Over”
Everyone has seen the “brush it over” on a number of occasions. This is the type of painter who rarely picks up his phone or returns calls. When you are lucky enough to schedule an appointment with them, they’ll be sure to arrive late. You can also easily identify this type of painter when he does not show up for the job’s scheduled start date. As the name implies, the “brush it over” does not really address the homeowners’ concerns or properly prepare wall surfaces before painting them; he simply brushes over these important details. After his incredibly low priced job is “done,” you’ll need to call a true professional to fix the painting mistakes and a cleaning company to pick up the left-behind mess.
The “Wanna Be”
The “wanna be” is a local painter you see from time to time around your town. He’s usually a full-time painter and does passable work, but does not own a real painting company. During the summers, he’ll hire untrained college students to do most of his painting jobs. Usually, the “wanna be” only accepts cash payments, is uninsured, and offers no written warranties for the job. At a first glance, his prices are reasonable, but you must take on a lot of risk when hiring the “wanna be.” Remember, he is not insured, uses cheap untrained labor, and offers no guarantees for the job.
The True Professional
The best painting contractor to hire is the true professional. A truly professional painting company will not let you down – they strive for 100% customer satisfaction. A professional company will never hire cheap temporary labor, but instead, will use experienced and apprenticed craftsmen painters. A true professional runs his business with genuine integrity and can be fully trusted. They are insured, bonded, and offer written guarantees. Although you might have to pay a little more to get a professional painter, at the end, you will be glad you did. He or she will return calls promptly, listen to all your concerns, identify a solution that meets your needs and will get the job done in a timely, neat and clean manner.
What You Need to Know Before You Hire a Painting Contractor
How Do I Make Sure I’m Hiring a Professional?
Before you schedule an appointment with a painting contractor, you need to make sure you are doing business with an established and professional painting company. Because anyone can claim to be a professional, check their complaint record with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) first. Paint contractors who do sloppy work, leave your home or yard a mess, or don’t come back for any necessary touch-ups will get poor reviews with the BBB.
As a professional painting contractor, Yaros Painting strives to provide 100% customer satisfaction. There are not BBB complaints filed against our company and we have a plethora of positive customer testimonials and references available upon request. We are a registered, fully insured business and can provide a certificate of insurance and business license to back up our claims.
How Do I Know They’ll Show Up on Time and Stick to Scheduled Dates?
Unprofessional painting contractors are infamous for being late to appointment, starting the job past the scheduled date, and not finishing work on time.
At Yaros Painting, we guarantee that our painters will never arrive late without calling to notify you first. Additionally, you may reach a live person to discuss any scheduling issues by calling our office at any time.
How Do I Know I’m Getting a Fair Price and That the Final Bill Will not Go Over the Initial Quote?
According to the National Association of Consumer Agency Administration, the home improvement industry received the most complaints related to contractor’s unfair billing practices. Typically this happens when an un-established painter or a sub-standard painting contractor offers to do your job for a very low price with some money down. After they get your deposit, they end up using the cheapest material and labor they could find, doing a sloppy job or not completing the project at all, and at the end, completely cutting off contact with you.
If you have a large-scale painting project, make sure to get a quote or proposal written on the letterhead of an established local company detailing what is to be done and for how much. An official, written quote establishes a firm price and won’t allow you to be overcharged at the end.
At Yaros Painting, we realize that fair pricing is one of your top concerns. We establish firm quotes for our customer and stick to our initial price. We will never charge you more than we quoted you.
How Do I Know Your Painters Won’t be Rude, Vulgar, or Make a Mess?
This is a very serious question to ask. Contractors who hire cheap and unskilled labor are concerned more about their bottom line than they are about your safety and the security of your home. Be sure to check if the contractor has policies regarding how their employees behavior and appearance and what precautions they take to protect your home.
Yaros Painting takes your comfort and safety very seriously. All of our painters have a presentable appearance and are individuals your family can feel safe with. Our employees never smoke, play loud or foul music, use offensive language, or leave a mess in your home or on your yard. All of our workers are experienced in the area of home improvement and apprenticed in painting.
Property protection is one of our top priorities while working on your project. We always use drop cloths in any areas we are working on to protect your property. Plastic covering are always used to shield your carpets, furniture, or any other belongings during the painting process.