Choosing a Painter
Rule #1: You Get What You Pay For
The rule of thumb is to always get three estimates for any job.
That being said, when the painter enters your home and you talk to him, you can get a feel for his personality right away and you will know if he is someone you feel comfortable with and can work with. When you show him the job, that is where his focus should stay … in that area. Personally, I do not like it when the workman puts down other people’s work. It is not necessary. Let the painter make his suggestions first because each painter has his own approach to any given job depending on his personal technique. Afterward, ask questions about anything you do not understand or are not clear. Make sure you communicate what you want to be done and the painter understands you. He will then get back to you with an estimate for the work to be done. In the estimate you will want to notice:
- What kind of preparation will be done to make sure nothing in your house gets paint on it or gets damaged.
- What specific materials and paint brands will be used. You will get the highest quality paint job that will last the longest if the highest quality paint and supplies are used.
- How long the job will take (barring any unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather).
Now you have three competitive bids unless you used Richard Stevens Custom Painting, a licensed painting contractor. You also have a feel for each painter and in your mind probably can tell which is the most knowledgeable. I do not suggest simply choosing the lowest price due to Rule #1 above. More times than not, if the lowest bid was quite a bit lower, this means that the painter is inexperienced, or that he will cut corners and use inferior products and your paint job will not last. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule and you will have to make that choice. After making your decision, find out the starting date. A good painter will first meet with you to choose colors, help you make whatever decisions are necessary until you are satisfied and feel good about your project. He will have a professionally trained crew and will give them all the necessary information at the beginning of the job. He will also be checking up with them each day to see how it is going and be available for your phone calls if you have any questions or concerns. Richard Stevens’ crew has been with him over 20 years and are all quality, professionally trained painters.
I hope this article has helped you to gain some insight on how to hire a good contractor of any kind.