You’ve already made the decision to re-paint the interior of your house, and have acknowledged the fact that you don’t have the skills or the time to do the job yourself. So, the only thing left (besides narrowing down your paint colors) is to pick a painting contractor to go with. Choosing which residential painting company to hire is a big decision. You need to find someone who can not only do the job, but do it well. Here are three other things to consider before making your decision:
Just like you’d request a warranty if you were having windows or siding installed, you want one when hiring painters. Even if you’ve heard nothing but good things about the contractors, it’s always a good idea to have a warranty in place, just in case something should go wrong. Make sure that the warranty spells out exactly what it covers (problems with wear and fading, application issues) and how long it is in place for. If a company that you like does not offer a warranty, that’s a sign that they don’t stand behind their work, and you should avoid choosing them.
Always check references before hiring a painting service. You need to look both online and off, and, when asked, a reputable company will be able to give you a list of their former clients who will be more than happy to tell you the truth about their service. Make sure to Google the name of the company in order to come up with several online reviews to look over, but keep in mind that some of them may be biased, or placed there by competitors. It’s impossible to know what’s true and what’s false on the internet, so go with a nice mix of both in-person and online references.
This may sound like a strange thing to look for, but when you come a across a painting contractor who looks snidely upon your color choices, refuses to use anything but eco-friendly (or non-eco-friendly paints) and argues with you regarding your requests, then you want to steer clear. A good residential painting contractor understands that it’s not about what they envision for your house – it’s about what YOU envision. One that insists upon their taste in paint colors and treatments is not someone who will do the job that you want.