Get Recommendations..

Start with your friends and family. A happy customer is always that best representation for a company. If all else fails, search local. Find a local painting company with good online presence and local reviews. There are a multitude of Painting Contractors these days, skipping the step of finding someone established, could mean disaster for you.

Call, and ask Questions…

Once you’ve assembled a list of local painters, make a quick call to each of your prospects and ask them the following questions:

• Do they take on projects of your size?
• Can they give you a list of previous clients or references?
• What is the timeframe of their current scheduling?
• Address any additional concerns you may have prior to meeting?

The answers to these questions will reveal the company’s availability, reliability, how much attention they’ll be able to give your project and how smoothly the work will go.

Meet Face to Face

Based on your phone conversations pick two to three painters to meet face to face for estimates and further discussion. A painting contractor should be able to answer your questions satisfactorily and in a manner that puts you at ease. It is crucial that you are able to communicate well with your estimator or painter as this person will be your point of contact for the company.

Investigate the Facts

Now that you’ve narrowed your list, put your research to use. Call up former clients to find how their project went and ask to see the finished product. Ask questions about the painters. Was their job site neat and safe? Are workers courteous and careful with the homeowner’s property? Did they show up on time? Were there any concerns they had before, during or after their project? Did they subcontract their work?

Set a Payment Schedule

Payment schedules can also speak to a contractor’s financial status and work ethic. If they want half the bid up front, they may have financial problems or be worried that you won’t pay the rest after you’ve seen the work. For large projects, a schedule usually starts with 25 percent at contract signing, three payments of 25 percent evenly spaced over the duration of the project. Smaller projects such as Residential Projects are more likely to be about 1/3 Deposit and Balance on Completion of the work.