Your house is your castle and you can’t trust it to just anyone. Paint jobs that look like your three year-old did them are easy to spot. But what about the sneaky problems? You know, the ones that don’t show up until a couple years later, when your paint is cracking and peeling because your “professional” painters didn’t use the right primer? Unfortunately, by the time those sneaky problems show up, the fly-by-night company, which is little more than a couple of college buddies with some free time, has flown the coop, never to be seen or heard from again. So while it might just seem like painting walls is no big deal, if it’s not done right, it inevitably costs more money than just doing it right the first time.
There are ways to avoid this nightmare scenario. Here are a few things to look out for when you’re picking professional painters.
Check out the website.
These days, it’s easy to build a website. A bare bones site can be put up in a matter of hours for very little cost. So if the company you’re looking at doesn’t have at least some kind of web presence, it’s a pretty good sign they’re not taking their business seriously. Sometimes great companies don’t have sites because they are so swamped with work they don’t need them, but this is rare, and typically you can find some reviews on Yelp, Google+ or some other site. Does a great website mean they’re a great company? No, but it does tell you that they’re willing to invest in their business, which is at least a good start.
Look at variety in portfolio of work.
Make sure that the company that you’re doing business with has pictures from multiple houses, multiple jobs, and at multiple sites. A company that has only a handful of photos of their work might not have been around a very long time, or they might not do the kind of quality work that is worth showing off.
Make sure specialties line up with your project.
There are plenty of great local painters out there that do one thing really well, but be wary of hiring them outside of their comfort zones. Also, if you have a very specific interior paint job, like painting over non-standard surfaces like fireplaces, or brick and mortar, make sure the folks you’re hiring have experience in that kind of job. Those jobs are the ones that can come back to bite you in the long run if not done right with adequate surface preparation.
Make sure they’re licensed and insured.
Like websites, there are some companies out there that operate without a license. Do they do good work? Who knows! But we do know for sure that the best painters are licensed to do the work you’re paying them for (our license number is CCB# 198732).
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