Is it time to give your home a fresh coat of paint?
Getting a paint job is one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your home. So much so that the painting industry has continued to increase in size over the past five years.
Before you decide on a contractor to hire, you need to make sure they can do the job. This post will help you decide if someone is worth hiring.
Follow the five tips below to find the best paint contractor for the job.
1. Ask About Insurance
You don't want a contractor who doesn't have insurance in your home. They should have both professional liability and workers' compensation insurance.
An insured contractor means you don't need to worry about what happens when accidents occur.
Professional liability insurance will cover any damages to your home in cases where something breaks.
If you're worried about someone being injured and being on the hook for it, you can rest easy with workers' compensation insurance. It will cover any financial and legal issues that occur as a result of injuries.
2. Ask About Materials
If you want your paint job to last, you need to use high-quality materials. Unfortunately, some contractors will use cheaper products to cut costs.
Before signing with anyone, verify with them the materials that they will be using. You want to bring someone on doesn't cut corners, so you know your paint job will last.
3. Ask About Your Warranty
Ideally, you would go through the painting process and not worry about any future issues. That doesn't always happen. Any reputable company will provide a warranty for when problems come up.
Your warranty should be for at least one year. This will give any problems the chance to surface for you to have fixed.
4. Get a Contract
You should never go into a paint job without a contract. Without one, you're in a he-said-she-said situation. If you have part of your home that doesn't get finished with the job, then what proof do you have that it should have been painted?
Make sure you have a contract that documents every part of the job. Your contract ensures that your painting contractor will complete every part of your home that they need to paint.
5. Ask for References
Anyone can tell you that they're the best at their craft. The question is, do other people agree?
Before you hire a painter, ask for references from past work. These are the people who can verify the contractor's story. You'll be able to learn the good and the bad of working with a company.
Make Sure to Find the Best Paint Contractor
The last thing you want is a bad paint job when giving your walls a touch-up. I even had a friend need to remove paint from his car tires because a clumsy painter was working on his garage. Make sure to use the tips above to vet any paint contractor you think about hiring.
When you do your research, you're going to increase your chances of hiring a good painter.
After you get your paint job done, you'll probably want to liven up the other parts of your home. Head back to our blog to see our latest home improvement tips.