1. Are you insured?
2. How long have you been in business?
3. What materials do you use? Do you follow manufacturer’s specifications?
4. Can you explain, step-by-step, how you will perform the work?
5. Do you provide detailed, written estimates?
6. Does your work come with a warranty?
#1 Hiring on price alone.Legitimate contractors have business costs that many contractorsdo not regard as important— such as insurance,training, membership in trade associations, and more.
#2 Paint is paint.Today’s paints are complex chemical formulations. Recommendingthe best product for your particular situation willhelp provide a more durable job.
#3 Relying on painting experience alone.More than 90% of the contractors in business today will goout of business within 5 years. A contractor who is not inbusiness cannot service warranty issues.
#4 Not obtaining a written proposal.A detailed, written proposal will help eliminate misunderstandingsand tell you exactly what is included. Know whatyou are paying for.
#5 Not checking references.A reputable contractor will be able to provide a long list ofpast customers. Talk to the references and drive by a fewjobs to see what kind of work the contractor performs.
#6 Hiring uninsured contractors.An uninsured contractor takes a tremendous risk. He is financiallyand morally liable if he damages your property. Ifhe can’t pay for the damage, you will.
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