Because it is an important part of home ownership to protect your home investment, it’s time to let your home have a paint job, especially when it’s more than 5 years old, knowing that 5 years is just enough period for the surfaces of interior and, especially, the exterior of the house be given a fresh paint outlook.
The decision is left on the homeowner on whether to retain the services of the paint contractor who did the paint services to your house when it was newly-built or you prefer to have a fresh approach to repaint your house, in which case, consider these steps in looking for a residential painting company.
Find a good paint contractor through the grapevine, who are your friends, family members, neighbors who have a satisfactory experience with a paint contractor; find a good one from paint stores, one who is highly recommended by the store; and through the Internet websites and read each site’s reviews on their services, all these approaches should help you easily narrow down your list of paint contractors.
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Consider this tip as a factor in listing your chosen paint contractors: it is better to have a paint contractor whose business is in your state, because it is difficult to recoup your investment if the contractor failed to meet the contract’s agreement or neglected a lot of his supposed services. When you have narrowed down the list to paint contractors who are in your state, find out from each on the following: a contractor’s license, a certificate of insurance for their staff, member of a local or national association of paint contractors. By Checking on the Better Business Bureau, you will know if the paint contractor’s company is a legitimate business and if there are valid complaints on the company.
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When your list is further narrowed down to two or three contractors, try to bring the contractor on a specific schedule to your home and let him inspect the areas, surfaces, and fixtures that you want to be repainted and inquire on the following: the kind of paint that will be used, the number of coatings, personal protection equipment available for staff, payment proposal, a company’s brochure on their services to their customers complete with photos.
When you are satisfied with your interview with one from your list, draw up a written contract from the contractor entailing the following: details on paint preparation and clean up; areas to be painted and your preferred colors; period of the painting job in which the specific dates must be reflected; applicable warranty; price quotation of the repainting job.