How to Choose the Best Residential Painter for Your Vancouver Home

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Painting your house. It’s a job that must be done right, both inside and out. So you decide to hire someone. The next step is to rule out the buddy who says he’ll do it cheap. This job needs residential painters who are professional in every sense of the word and who have experience in Vancouver’s climate and business practices.

Good reviews alone aren’t enough. Any company can make those up. And it takes more than merely saying they’re committed to quality, service and customer satisfaction. That’s just standard talk.

So, how do you choose your painter wisely and what should you expect from real pros?

The Painting Company Must Always Be ‘Above Average’

The sad truth is that it’s easy to find bad painters and bad paint work. Despite companies boasting dazzling reviews all over the internet, subpar work is common in the painting industry. Many homeowners are rightly concerned about unprofessional service, shoddy work, spills, drips, and call-backs for work that wasn’t done right the first time.

You want a company where the people are professional, courteous, flexible and who, most importantly, will LISTEN to you and help you get what you want. You need painters who respect you, your wishes, your property, your timetable and your sanity. They must be impeccable with how they clean up, how they treat the Lower Mainland’s delicate and unique ecosystems, and how they work with Vancouver’s weather to do a good job first time. The best painters are experienced with all situations and the local conditions so they know how to overcome any problem.

But how do you find such painters for your residence?

Always Check With the Better Business Bureau

Before you check the testimonials and photographic portfolio, one inquiry to the Better Business Bureau could tell you much more and also save you some time.

A+ is the highest level rating the BBB can give. You shouldn’t accept anything less. Ever.

The BBB will explain why a company has received its rating. Ratings are affected by how long a business has been operating, if it complies with laws, how many complaints the BBB receives, if the company doesn’t provide adequate information when the BBB asks for it, and if the company succeeds or fails at meeting necessary competency standards.

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Portfolio, Testimonials and Reviews

It stands to reason that if a company is proud of its work, it will point you to examples. Up to date examples, not ones that are 15 years old.
You also want to read testimonials and even talk to some of the people who provided them, if you can, to be sure they are real and not made up to impress customers.

When it comes to reviews of Vancouver painters, there are plenty that say the people were nice and friendly. These reviews are well and good but they don’t tell you anything specific. Look for reviews that mention painters who do a proper clean-up, who don’t leave drips, who apply coats efficiently yet thoroughly, who keep their promises, who don’t dump their equipment on your lawn while they work, who treat your house and possessions as if they were their own, and so on.

Estimates and Payment Options

Simple. (1) Your estimate/contract should leave nothing to chance, so feel free to compare it with a competitor’s contract wording. Knowledge is power. (2) You shouldn’t have to pay the painter one red cent until you are satisfied.
This may mean you need to learn a few terms about things like facing off and wrapping around trims and so on. Being prepared is good. The right painter will walk you around your residence, point out every feature and explain precisely what will happen. No surprises.

Painting In and Around Vancouver’s Rain

An experienced residential painter knows how to work in and around Vancouver’s rain without dragging a job out for weeks. A cheap and shoddy painter will use our regular rain as an excuse.

Follow all these steps and you will be well on your way to having your home painting project be smooth, straightforward and successful.

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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 totaling millions of dollars. There is little that can go right (or wrong) on a job-site he has not seen, solved, and lived to talk about.”