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FAQs for Painting Contractors

What should I look for in a good painting contractor?

There are many factors that you should carefully consider when choosing a painting contractor to work on your home. All painting contractors are NOT created the same. We’ve prepared a helpful guide to assist you in this process. Please review our “How To Choose” Guide that covers all of these factors in detail. You will find this guide located on our How To Choose page on this site and included with the informational packet that we provide with all of our estimates.

Where is the best place to locate good painting contractors if I decided to get multiple estimates before I make my decision?

There are many resources available to you when you’re trying to locate additional options for painting contractors. However, there’s no guarantee that any of the random names that you’ll find in your local phone book or online will be reputable contractors. There are two excellence sources where we recommend you begin your search.  

First is the Better Business Bureau. At your local BBB.org website you can search for Better Business Bureau Accredited Painting Contractors in your area. On their website you can check out the contractors’ BBB rating and review if they have had any previously unresolved complaints from customers.

Second is Angie's List.  There are a myriad of websites that offer online reviews, but many of them are filled with bogus reviews - both good and bad - which prevent you from getting an accurate picture of the kind of company that you're interested in doing business with.  Only Angie's List members pay for the privilege of joining a trusted online community where they know that the information they're getting from their fellow members has been verified, so they can be certain that the company they're selecting is reputable.

Finally, there's the FindAPainter.com website. This is one of the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America’s website where you can search for PDCA painters in your area. The PDCA is the painting industry’s premier trade organization. They work with architects, engineers, and industry specifiers to set the standards for the way that quality painting work should be done. PDCA painters and better educated in proper techniques as well as the latest technological advances in the industry. Most importantly, PDCA painters pledge to follow these quality standards so you can feel comfortable that you are selecting a professional that will give you the best value for your money and who doesn’t cut corners on your home.

Why is there such a large difference in price from one painter to the next? Doesn’t every painter do the same thing?

Assuming that all of the painting contractors that you’re comparing are an apples-to-apples comparison of licensed, insured, and bonded reputable companies, then one of the biggest reasons that you might see a large range of prices is in the Scope Of Work to be performed.  

The Scope Of Work outlines in detail what the contractor intends to do in each phase of the job to provide you with your finished painting project. Without a Scope Of Work in writing from your contractor you will have no way of being certain that they intend to follow all of the necessary steps to do the work correctly, and you will also have no means of accurately comparing their bid with the others that you receive. Make sure that each contractor who provides you with a bid for your project includes a written Scope Of Work with their proposal.

Why do I care if my painting contractor uses “high quality” paint? I thought all paint was the same?

After you’ve gone through the effort of researching reputable contractors to provide you with bids and you’ve decided to make the investment of time and money to have the work performed correctly, don’t let the temptation of potential savings on material costs ruin the quality and longevity of your project.

All paint may look the same in the can, but that’s where the similarities end. High quality paints utilize better ingredients and less fillers which equates to a longer-lasting paint job. Low quality exterior paints tend to chalk, fade, peel, and crack – whereas higher-end products will stay looking beautiful and protect your home for much longer; and are backed by a better manufacturer’s warranty. Low quality interior paints don’t cover as well – causing the contractor to use more material to complete the job. If you’re someone who likes to keep their walls clean, low quality interior paints tend to scuff easily and not wash well, and they typically having a stronger odor that lingers in your home during the curing process, which can take as long as 30-days.

If you want the best value for your money, don’t let your contractor talk you into skimping on the paint quality just so they can give you a lower bid and come back sooner to paint your house again.

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