Before you hire a contractor for your next painting project, know what questions to ask. Here are some tips shared by consultant. It is important to ask the following questions when selecting your contractor to ensure you hire a reputable one.

How long has they been in business?

It is always better to go with a company that has been in business for at least 5 years. It will ensure that they are not just a fly-by-night contractor who can leave town before the job is even completed.

Do they use subcontractors?

It is also important that painting companies you are hiring do not use subcontractors because this can result in unskilled and unprofessional painters working on your home. If the estimate you receive from a contractor is rather low, most times the reason is because they have inexperienced workers on the job.

Are they insured and do they offer a warranty?

Any respectable painting contractor will provide you with a warranty on their work. The items covered in the warranty should include labor and materials. Also, your painter should be fully insured when they work on your home so as to protect you and your home,  including themselves.

Can the painting company provide references?

It is a good idea to check some of their past references, before working with any painting contractor. If they have any, contact them to discuss the work that was done.

Do they have a picture portfolio of past jobs?

This will help you to see pictures to truly determine the quality of a painting contractors work. Find high-quality pictures of the painter’s past work that include the staff working in the photos to make sure they are not using stock photography.

What brands of paint do they use?

Make sure you use a painter who uses professional and quality paint from name brand stores such as MAB, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams. Lower quality paints can dull over time.

How much wall prep is included in the estimate?

Always ensure that proper wall preparation is performed before painting. Some painting companies do not take the time to properly prep walls and this can lead to premature peeling and cracking of walls.