#1 Make Sure You Feel Comfortable
Painting in particular requires a high level of comfort and trust since you’re inviting the person (and their team) right into your home/office. Use your intuition – If they look, act, or talk in a way that makes you feel uneasy, don’t hire them.
#2 Clear, Comprehensive Quotes
Make sure that your quote is transparent and comprehensive, so that when you read it, you fully understand what work will be done, what products will be used, and why specific steps/prep are recommended.
#3 A Plan for Protection
Your painting contractor’s care and respect for your home/office should be obvious. For an interior painting project, ask how your furniture, floors, and valuables will be protected. For exterior projects, you might ask how your landscaping will be cared for.
#4 Referrals and Portfolios
If your contractor says they do good work, don’t just take their word for it. They should be ready and proud to display their craftsmanship. Browse their reviews online, as a starting point, and be sure to take note of how your prospective pro responds.
#5 Punctuality and a Clear Timetable
Missed appointments, slow arrivals, fuzzy details about deadlines. These are all bright red flags. Punctuality and a sense that your time is valued and appreciated are essential.
#6 High-Quality Products
Your painting contractor should be able to tell you which premium products they use, and why. High-end materials and products perform better, look nicer, and last longer. When reviewing your proposal make sure a specific product is listed, not just a paint manufacturer. Every manufacturer has contractor grade options.
#7 Warranty, Licensing, & Insurance
Does your painting contractor have you covered? Being licensed and insured is essential.