1. Recommendations From Friends and Neighbors
The best way to find a painting contractor is consulting with people who’ve used them. If you have friends who’ve hired painting contractors in the past, ask them about their experience and who they’d recommend for your home.
Word of mouth is often a painting contractor’s most valuable form of advertising, and those who do the best job often get the best word of mouth.
2. Generally Positive Online Reviews
Reviews on the Internet do have to be taken with a slight grain of salt: There are two sides to every story, after all. When it comes to online reviews, trust your gut: If a review feels honest to you, trust it.
A painting contractor with a generally good reputation on the Internet will generally also be the painting contractor to trust in real life, as well.
3. Good Answers to Interview Questions
While you can’t hold them on the phone for an hour, any painting contractor interested in your business will take a moment to ask you a few questions about what you need and answer a few of your own.
Be sure to ask the following questions of your painting contractor:
- Are you insured and bonded?
- Do you have the proper licenses?
- How long have you been working as a painting contractor?
- Are you a member of any professional associations?
- Do you subcontract any work that might need to be done, or is it all done by your employees?
- Do you offer any guarantees or warranties?
- What products do you use?
- Do you have any references?
It can’t be overstated, how important it is to make sure that you’re hiring an MHIC-licensed painter. It’s also a good idea to reconsider hiring any contractor who does more than paint; otherwise, the chances are that your painter today was replacing shingles yesterday and will be pouring concrete tomorrow. By contrast, our painters have years of daily experience with just painting, which means you’ll get the best possible paint job.
4. Strong References from Satisfied Customers
Most painting contractors will have references from satisfied customers. So, take a moment to check on those references: Give the person a call, and chat about their experience for a few minutes.
If it’s an exterior job, ask if it would be all right for you to drop by and take a look at the outside of their house. Do what you need to get a sense of what the painting contractor in question will be like when he’s working on your home.
5. A Detailed Estimate
As the final step, be sure to get an estimate from your prospective painting contractor. Speak personally to the person who will be performing the work, with the questions and considerations outlined in this article in mind. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to ask informed questions, and you’ll be able to tell from their answers if the company is right for the job. It’s worth noting that these are just going to be estimated: the actual cost could be higher or lower depending on several factors. But getting an idea of what you’ll spend will be an important deciding factor.
If you’re looking for a trusted painting contractor in Howard County; Carroll County; Baltimore, Maryland; and surrounding areas, contact Donovan’s Painting for a free, no-obligation estimate. We have more than 20 years of experience in painting work—ranging from private homes to public facilities. If you need a painting contractor to do the job right, Donovan’s Painting should be your first stop.