Even if you already know you want a professional to do the job, you need to make sure you find the best company. New paint can brighten your home and keep it stylish and maintained but only if it is done right. Here are some factors to keep in mind when you consider a professional painter.
Should I Hire a Professional?
The first decision when planning your painting project is whether to do it yourself or consider a professional painter. Some people want to save the money on labor and tackle the job themselves. This is always an option, but it is not always the best idea. For small projects like a bathroom or basic bedroom, painting is fairly simple. But when any of the following apply, you may want to consider hiring a professional painter:
- Extensive woodwork or trim
- Multiple-story exterior painting
- Multiple colors
- Vaulted ceilings
- Older homes with lead paint
- Poor painting skills
Intricate or extensive painting jobs are often best left to a professional. Too often a DIY homeowner will attempt these projects and end up rushing through some aspects of preparation. The results can be less than ideal, negating the purpose of repainting. If you decide that hiring a professional is the best option, the next step is finding the right contractor to do the job right and within your budget.
Finding a Painting Contractor
There are hundreds of painters to choose from in the Boston area. You will find handymen or contractors that offer painting as one of their services and professional painters that specialize in painting. While it may be tempting to hire the guy with a local flyer offering a cheap rate, consider a professional painter that will provide the most quality for your money. Some basic qualities you want in a professional painter include:
- Licensed and insured
- Positive reviews and testimonials (online or from local customers)
- Verified and background-checked employees
- Warrantied work
Everyone wants a reasonable price and that is factor when deciding which company to choose. However, you want to ensure you have a professional painter that guarantees their work and that you will be happy with the results. You are also inviting them onto your property, and you want a company that you can trust. Make sure to vet any potential painting contractors before considering them for your project.
Before You Sign a Painting Contract…
Once you find the painting professional you want to hire for the job, you need to finalize the agreement. This is a key step that should be a deal-breaker if it is not completed to your expectations. You are not just agreeing to hire them to complete a painting job for a specific price, you need to have a contract that specifies what this entails. A short form that only states the contractor will paint your living room for “$XXXX” is not enough. You could be charged for any additional work that you may have assumed was included or be left with a big mess to clean up on your own. Factors that should be included in a written painting contract include:
- What will be painted – not just rooms but a detailed description including shutters, trim, doors, etc.
- The price, down payment and final payment specifications
- Prep work that is included with your project
- Clean up that is included with your project
- Warranty on the work completed
- Project start and completion dates (weather permitting)
A quality painting professional will have no problem with providing a detailed contract that will hold them legally responsible for completing the job as stated. At Franca Services, we provide all our customers with a complete, detailed written contract that states exactly what will be included and the start and estimated completion dates. When the job is completed, we do a complete walk through with our customer to ensure everything meets the standards agreed upon. You want a professional painter that is willing to stand behind their work and provide you with a contract that holds them accountable.
If you want a professional painter to complete your next painting project, give us a call at Franca Services. We have many years of experience with hundreds of delighted customers that can testify to our quality and professionalism. All our employees are expertly trained and pass e-verification, drug screening and background checks. Plus, you can expect a competitive price with a detailed written estimate and contract before we begin. Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our crew to complete a quote for your interior or exterior painting project. Make sure to ask about our excellent warranties and customer satisfaction guarantee.