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Don't Get Painted into a Corner: How to Choose the Right Painting Contractor

Choosing a painting contractor for your home or business project can be a daunting task. An experienced professional will get the job done right, ensuring a long-lasting product while a bad hire can leave you high and dry with no recourse. Here are some key questions to ask when vetting painting contractors for your painting project.


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  1. Are they licensed and insured? Licensing and insurance are non-negotiables. Ask for a license number or proof of a valid state contractor's license and inquire about general liability and worker's compensation insurance. This protects you if someone gets hurt or there's accidental property damage during the project.

  2. Experience is Everything (Almost) How long have they been in business? A contractor with a proven track record is usually a safer bet. Ask about their experience in the business and whether they've handled projects similar to yours.

  3. Do they have reviews or references? A reputable painting contractor should be happy to provide you with a list of references or point you to verified reviews (on Google or Meta, for example). Contact these past clients and ask about their experience. For example, did the project stay on budget and schedule? Was the communication clear? Most importantly, were they happy with the result?

  4. Get a detailed painting proposal Be sure to get a detailed quote or proposal that outlines everything including the scope of work, materials, labor costs and timeframe. This ensures everyone is on the same page and avoids any surprises.

  5. Preparation is key Ask about the painting contractor's prep process. Will they protect your furniture and belongings? How will they prepare the surfaces before painting? A meticulous approach to prep work is a strong indicator of a quality paint job.

  6. Cleanliness counts Will the work area be cleaned up daily? How will they dispose of paint and debris? A clean workspace throughout the project shows professionalism and respect for your home.

  7. Payment details Get clear on the payment schedule. At Shore Painting, we typically only ask for the cost of materials up front, with the balance of the costs due after the project is complete to the customer's satisfaction.

  8. Communication is vital How will the painting contractor communicate with you? At Shore Painting, you always have a direct line of communication and escalation to the owner. Make sure you feel comfortable reaching out with questions or concerns throughout the project.

  9. Subcontractor considerations Will the contractor be using subcontractors for any part of the job? If so, ensure they are also licensed and insured.

By asking these questions, you'll be well on your way to finding a painting contractor who will transform your home, not your bank account. With a little research and due diligence, you can ensure a stress-free painting project that leaves you with a beautiful, long-lasting result!

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