How to choose a painting contractor

How to choose painting contractor

Painting can be quite a chore, not to mention a challenge if you are not keen on the job. It takes a great deal of time and attention to detail to do a good job which is the reason why most people hire out the task to a professional. It is often worth it to spend the money on a professional painting service such as Pete’s Professional Painting & Powerwashing to do the job right the first time around with no mistakes. While it may be best to hire out the job, it can be a challenge to find a reputable painting contractor in your area. This article will provide some tips to help you find a professional painting contractor in your vicinity so that you can get the project hired out and completed as soon as possible.

Specify the details

Describe the job in detail, including specific products or colors you want, a desired time frame, and possible obstacles (drywall needs repair, etc.). This becomes the job description for your specific painting job. The details should consist of  type and amount of surface preparation, priming (including type and brand), caulking (type and where it will be used), drywall patching, the brand of paint (should reference the manufacturer’s product line), how many coats will be used and estimated cost by your guess or compared to a similar job.

Look for experience

When selecting a painting contractor, you will want to consider how long the painter has been on the job. Experience matters and time on the job can make a big difference. While trade-type jobs can have a high turnover rate because the pay is not stellar, you will want t


The cost of the project can be a typical concern and something that you should budget appropriately for. It is not appropriate to expect to pay very little for a professional job done. You should expect to pay a good deal of money per room or square footage. To get someone who is highly qualified, licensed, and insured, you will have to pay a decent sum. In addition, be sure to ask what is included in the cost estimate you receive.

You should also check out the staff needed to get the job done. You do not want 10 people painting a 1,000 square feet if you have a smaller house. Also, you don’t want just two people painting a beachfront estate.

Get multiple bids

Getting multiple bids will help you in making the best decision for your home or your company. When asking for a bid, be sure to share the same details and ask the same questions with each bidder. This way, you can be sure that you are getting a detailed estimate from each contractor and you can weigh the pros and cons of each. Multiple bids means more variety for you.

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Check for licensing and proper paperwork

It is always a good idea to hire someone who is licensed and has the proper bonds or paperwork needed to perform the job. Insurance is important as it protects the workers on site as well as your home should something go wrong during the job. By law, all contractors doing home improvement are required to have a valid contractor’s license. To get this license, applicants must verify their experience and must pass an exam testing their knowledge of the trade. If a person does not have a contractor’s license, it can be an indication that they lack the necessary expertise.

Inquire about a warranty or work guarantee

Some painters will offer a warranty or a paint guarantee for the job they completed. Be sure to ask about this when researching potential contractors. This can make a difference in your ultimate decision as to which bid you choose. If one contractor offers a guarantee or a warranty for a period of time after the job and others do not, it may be worth it to spend a few extra dollars to have the warranty.

If you feel that your’re up to the task you can try to DIY paint your home simply by following our Painting tutorial.

By |2017-10-18T12:51:00+00:00October 18th, 2017|Home improvement|5 Comments

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  1. Ridley Fitzgerald July 25, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    It’s good to know how to find a painting contractor. I like how you said that you need to find someone who has a lot of experience because it can make a big difference. We want our home’s exterior repainted, so I’ll remember to check for that.

  2. Marcus December 15, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    It helped a lot when you mentioned how when getting multiple bids to find the best painter, you should ask the same questions to make a proper comparison. I understand that understanding your own needs and assessing the type of surfaces you want to paint can help you get the best results. We are thinking about repainting our house before we sell it and need to find a good professional that can help us out, so I’m glad I found your article.

  3. Sam Solo December 12, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    I didn’t know you had to pass a license exam to be able to paint other people’s houses. The licensing probably ensures higher quality work that is performed. I’ll have to remember to check whether or not the contractors have the proper licensing.

  4. Marcus November 30, 2017 at 2:32 am

    We are planning on touching up on the paint of our house and want to make sure we find the best professional to help. It helped a lot when you mentioned how you should consider how long the painter you want to choose has been in business before choosing them. I understand that doing this can help you find the best painter that has enough experience for the job.

  5. Jordan November 17, 2017 at 3:41 am

    You mentioned that you want to have painting services who have the right paperwork. I think that being able to get some good painting services for our home would help us a lot with our remodeling project. I’m going to have to see if we can find the right company and hopefully get some quality painting done!

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