Tips on How to Hire an Exterior Painting Company
A complete exterior paint job is an involved project, requiring the right equipment and know-how. Folks who hire a professional paint contractor to paint the exterior of their homes save themselves a lot of time and labor, but there are a few things you should consider when choosing your contractor.
1. When to connect
Painting companies tend to be busiest in late spring through early fall. The key word here is “busy.” Determine when you want the paint job completed, and start your contractor search several months in advance. You won’t find too many painters who you can call on Friday and have them out to your house, ready to work, on Monday.
2. What are others saying?
Ask friends and associates whose judgment you trust if they’ve had good luck with a particular painting company. These types of referrals are in many cases much better than checking out various company websites and social media pages, because you’ll get an objective appraisal of a contractor’s skill and business ethics. (But you also can find out a lot of useful information online about a company, so don’t overlook this part of the investigation.)
3. Set up a meeting
Significant money and time are involved in full-scale exterior painting, so meet with a few contractors or their reps before making a decision. Get a feel for the person you’re speaking with. See how quickly and thoroughly they answer your questions, and listen for suggestions they may provide that confirm their expertise.
4. Get references
A good paint contractor will be happy to supply you with references of other homeowners they have served in your area. Contact previous customers to get a feel for the company’s ethics, workmanship, and reliability.
5. Ask for estimates
You should get estimates from at least two contractors, if not more. Insurance companies sometimes require their customers to get three estimates for car repair services, and painting a house is a lot more complex than fixing a car. With each estimate, make sure you understand the specific scope of the work that will be performed as well cost estimates for paint and equipment.
6. Warranties and obligations
Before agreeing to use any paint contractor, understand the guarantee that will be provided against defects and damages. Also, be clear on start and complete dates and any specific obligations you’ll be responsible for such as getting the dogs out of the back yard or moving vehicles onto the street. The job may be delayed if you fail to do your part.
The bottom line is this: a qualified painting company should be eager to answer your questions, demonstrate their knowledge of the process, provide references and make initial meetings and phone calls smooth and hassle-free.
In the Lakeland area, Lakeland Painting Co. will do all this and more as we work toward bringing truly superior results to your exterior painting project. To get your questions answered or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (863) 670-1601.