When will the project be completed?
You must make sure that you find out when the project will be completed so that it does not drag on and on. After all, if you wanted a permanent on-going project, you would have done the painting yourself. Make sure that a timeline is specified, and that the timeline has specific milestones outlined when certain parts of the project are complete.
How will you protect my property?
If you have carpets that need to be covered, bushes that need to be staked or removed, or trees that need to be draped in tarps, you need to know if the painter will be taking care of it. Also, if there are special considerations such as a garden, you want to make sure that they are incorporated into the painter’s plans, rather than the contractor just telling his workers to “Watch out for the plants!”
Do you require a deposit up-front?
Many painting contractors will require a deposit up-front, and that’s not a bad sign in itself. But what you do want to make sure of is that the amount is not too large, and that the contractor does not push to get the deposit too early in advance. This is because some shady contractors may try to use your deposit to buy tools, equipment, and the paint needed for your project. Then, as the project comes close to an end, they will rush you to make a payment so that they can pay their employees or sub-contractors for their work. This is a situation that you want to avoid.
Instead, make sure that the painting contractor asks for no more than 30% deposit up-front. This way, you will not be out too much money should the contractor pick up and leave during the project. Also, make sure that the contractor has already dropped off all their equipment, purchased all the supplies, and has been working on the project for two or three days before making any kind of deposit. This shows that the company is in good financial standing and that they are not crunched for money. All of this will ensure that you keep your pocketbook protected, and that the project will be completed in a timely manner, while not being rushed.
What does the total cost include?
There are a lot of different variables that can come up when you’re painting. A room with a strong color to cover up can take several coats, there can be a lot of patchwork that needs to get done, or a lot of staking and poling of trees and shrubs. You need to know if all of these things so that you can be prepared for the final cost. Also ask if prep work and cleanup is also included in the price. You don’t want to face extra fees once the project is finished, and you also don’t want to be left with a huge mess to clean up.
Do you guarantee your work?
You don’t want to be happy with the paint job at first glance and once the painter has been gone for a few weeks, still be finding areas that require touching up. Make sure that any painter you hire will come back and finish the work that needs to be done, until you are satisfied with the job.
Do you guarantee your prices?
You not only want to make sure that the work is guaranteed, but also that the price is guaranteed so you don’t end up paying a lot more than you were originally told. Because of this, it’s extremely important that you get everything in writing, in the form of a final contract for the job. The contract should outline everything involved in the job including a timeline, milestones, all payments that will be made, and when they will be due.
Can you provide me with references?
Any good contractor will not hesitate to provide you with a list of references for you to contact. Ask for ten names and then choose three to call. When you phone, ask the people what they liked about the house painter, what they didn’t, and if the job was done in a …