Hiring a Coeur d’Alene Painting Contractor requires some through research.
I’ll be the first to admit: painting contractors don’t have the best reputations. Oftentimes we are known for missing deadlines, questionable work standards, and hazy licensing. Because of our industry’s reputation, painting has become a hot-bed of DIY information! In fact, if you often read my blog, I provide tons of industry secrets to help private homeowners do a great job when painting. I want to address a few important questions about hiring a Coeur d’Alene Painting Contractor and what details to look for with a reputable painting company.
- Licensing and bonding is a big deal! You don’t want to work with any contractors who are not licensed and bonded. It protects you and your home in addition to the contracting company! Make sure the painting contractor you hire is fully insured and bonded. We (any reputable company) will be happy to show you our licenses. It costs a lot of money to run a business legitimately and we take great pride in our workmanship!
- When your painter asks you to pay is a huge indicator of how they run their business. At Great Expectations Painting, we don’t take up front payments. The primary reason for requiring “deposits or up front payments” is paying for previous outstanding balances. Keeping forward cash flow keeps our workers focused on quality instead of, ensuring your painting job is done right every time!
- Great Expectations Painting strives to provide you with a great accountability record. When we issue an estimate, the times/costs/plan we give you is accurate. When hiring a Coeur d’Alene Painting Contractor make sure and asked for a timetable of work completion! The contractor works for and is accountable to you!
- Your painting contractor needs to know they are painting your home or business. Typically we get asked about security, property damage, or left over supplies. Its a consistent problem with construction sites. Your contractor should assure you the workplace will be clean and beautiful by the time of job completion.
- If your home is older, your contractor will often need to take extra precautions for the home. If your home is over 40 years old, there is a good chance the layered paint will contain lead. Taking proper care of lead contamination does have extra costs, but the long term benefits are worth it! Make sure your contractor has the proper equipment and experience for taking care of old paint!
- Feel free to inquire about paint choices. Not all paint is created equal! There are many reasons we choose a particular brand of paint on jobs, and we are happy to discuss our reasoning with you. If you want a particular brand or color we typically don’t work with, feel free to ask about our experience or concerns. Sometimes your contractor will have a good reason to avoid a specific brand, but sometimes we just haven’t used a particular type or color.
I could go on forever, but you get the “jist.” Transparency offers protection for everyone! By asking the questions up front you can save yourself plenty of time and energy. You will also find the awesome contractors like us, your friends at Great Expectations Painting!
We can’t wait to here from you!