What to look for when hiring a painting contractor
Are they licensed, bonded and insured?
Always check the ROC website to confirm a license is current and not expired or suspended. Hiring a licensed professional ensures they have met the requirements for their region and continue to maintain standards as laws change. This not only protects you as the homeowner or business owner but also protects the contractor in case something goes wrong.
Do you have a contract?
You should always have a written contract that outlines the specific work to be performed and products to be used.
Quality comes at a price
Poor prep, lack of product knowledge, use of cheap products and under-skilled employees are all things you want to avoid. Contractors who continually under bid (or go for low bid) usually cut corners on some or all of these aspects, causing you the customer to spend more money on repairs, or a complete repaint, and maintenance in the future.
How long have you been in business? Why are the products you are recommending for my project a good fit? What is your process for prep before painting? How long can I expect the project to take? and so on as it applies to your specific project.
Any reputable painting contractor should be able to provide a list of customer references from current and past jobs. Addresses, customer contact information, etc.
A painting contractor who is offering set prices to paint interior or exterior projects cannot possibly have your best interests in mind. Each job has different needs, problems and product applications in order to achieve the best result.