Don’t Let Residential Painters Rip You Off!

Have you ever been ripped off by a residential painter? Or have you heard your neighbors rant about the difficulties of getting a reliable house painter? Seems that there are many stories about residential painters who took the job but didn’t deliver the goods.Never hire an angry painter

Clearly, it’s easy to get ripped off by residential painters, especially if you don’t have prior experience in hiring one. So how do you make sure that you’re not getting ripped off?

Here’s a Guide on How to Find the Right Painting Contractor

1. Do your homework having someone professionally paint your house is no easy task. Don’t just hire someone you find from a poster on a telephone pole. Contact several painters in your area and have them bid on your painting project. Make sure to explain the scope of the project and ask them to provide And in a detailed bid. Getting quotes from several residential painters will not only provide you with different options, it also gives you a chance to compare costs and the services that come with them.  Be sure to check their references.

2. Be specific about what you want

In my experience, quotes provided by residential painters vary a great deal. It’s not enough to ask how much it would cost to paint a room or a whole house, because their quotes will vary depending on the materials they plan to use and how they plan to do the job. To avoid any confusion, be very specific in outlining how you want things done.  Here’s a list of information to provide when asking for a quote:Not specific can produce poor quality low grade paint jobs

  • Size of the area to be painted.
  • Type of paint to be used. I suggest requesting high quality paint that will last. The painting contractor should be able to answer your questions and know what paint to recommend.
  • Preparation work – a good residential painter will remove wiring or other attachments on the wall to ensure that the entire visible surface is painted. Of course, they should also reinstall these after the job is done!
  • Details on prep work, such scraping, priming and sanding.
  • Estimated time to complete the job.

3. Never hire someone who asks for the whole price up front. Many reputable contractors will probably ask for a deposit but not the whole price up front before they start painting. A reasonable deposit would be 50% in advance, with the balance upon completion of the work. Well established and reliable residential painters have enough funds to operate their business without asking for the whole price ahead of time.

4. Ask for a warranty – to avoid getting ripped off by low quality paint jobs, make sure to hire a residential painter that provides a warranty for their services..Get your guarantee in Writing with the Stamp applied to the contractor signature Their warranty should cover repair or replacement for any problems that may occur after the project is completed

We hope that this is helpful. If you have any suggestions yourself, please leave us a comment.

Vancouver painter and contractor Peter Byrne
“PETER BYRNE is the owner and hands-on manager of Kassel Painting Limited. In the last two decades he has run over 1500 painting projects totalling $5.5M. There is little that can go right (or wrong) on a job-site he has not seen, solved, and lived to talk about.”

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