If you'd like to spruce up your home without remodeling, a new coat of paint may be just what you need. Whether you change the color of your house or room or just cover up an old paint job, painting is simple but time-consuming work. For this reason, you may choose to hire painting contractors instead of doing the work yourself. But there are some things you should consider before you hire someone.
First, try to get references before you hire painting contractors. If you have friends, family, or neighbors who have recently had painting work done, ask them who they used and how the job went. Some home improvement and other types of stores have bulletin boards set up where contractors can post their contact info to try to get jobs lined up - but don't hire painting contractors based on that alone. They are usually not endorsed by the store or company where the board is located, so always ask for references.
Next, go online before you hire painting contractors. Check the Better Business Bureau website and local message boards. A simple Google search will tell you all you need to know, and can confirm good reports from your contractor's references.
Once you've identified a few contractors you'd like to work with, ask them for proof of license if required in your state, and proof of insurance. If a contractor is not insured, any injury he sustains at your home may become your responsibility. Most legitimate contractors carry insurance.
Now you should start shopping around for the best price. Ask at least 3 contractors for a written in-home estimate before you hire your painting contractor. Make sure these estimates are itemized, so both you and the contractor understand exactly what is included and what is not. If your contractor is to provide the materials, the estimate should state that and include a list of the materials and their prices. When you hire painting contractors, the estimate should specify if the labor charge is for the whole job or by the hour; if it's by the hour, the estimate should include how many hours the job will take.
Finally, when you're ready to hire painting contractors from a specific company, get a written work order or a contract that finalizes the deal. It should include cancellation and refund policies, deposits, inclement weather procedures, and another detailed price breakdown. With a contract in hand, you can feel confident your painting contractor will do a great job at your home.