August 28, 2012 Posted by Ryaan in Blog

Hiring A Painting Contractor In Boston Massachusetts

Making Sure It's the Right Contractor:

Use these tips to narrow down your choices and ensure you get the right professional for your project.:

Check Credentials & Experience:

Always ask contractors the following questions: • How long have you been in business? • Do you have the proper/required licenses? (This varies by state, and some states may not require licensing.) • Do you have insurance and bonding? (This helps determine whether your contractor and any hired workers are insured for injury and liability.) • Are you a member of any national or local painting contractors' associations? • Do you subcontract your work or perform it yourself? • Can you provide references? • Do you offer written guarantees of your work?:

Pay Attention to Behavior:

Pay attention to the following signs and behaviors when speaking to contractors: • Does the contractor project a sense of professionalism and experience? • Is the contractor courteous and business-like? • Is the contractor busy? (Good ones usually are.) • Does the contractor return phone calls and provide estimates in a timely manner? • Is the contractor on time for appointments?:

Check References:

Be sure to get at least three references from past customers and speak to them directly. If possible, visit references to evaluate the painter's work in person and to see how well it has held up over time.:

Hiring the Contractor:

Before making your final decision, select three or more good candidates to choose from and see how they compare.:

Get Estimates from at Least Three Contractors When you receive contractor estimates, they should fall roughly within the same price range. If estimates are widely different from one another, be wary of contractors who bid too high or too low. Ask about what is not being done, and where corners are being cut.:

Be Specific:

The more specific and clear you are about your project needs, the more precise your contractor's estimate will be.:

It's a good idea to walk each potential contractor around the areas (indoor or outdoor) to be painted while discussing your needs, as well as any aspects of your project that could affect the price. :

For example, let the contractor know exactly which surfaces should be painted (walls, trims, moldings, ceilings, etc.) and which paint colors and finishes you want used.:

Review the Contract:

Once you've settled on a contractor, don't fail to take the time to review your contract—and ask questions about any details for which you need clarification. Be sure to verify the following: • The specifics on what is to be painted (house, trim, walls, molding, etc.) • Details on preparation and cleanup • Paint colors for each area to be painted • How the contractor will protect plants, patios, furniture, or other items • How much time the project will take, from start to end • When and how the contractor will be paid

Our team would be more than happy to come take a look at your current painting project and go over the options that would best fit your homes needs. Please feel free to call us today for a free estimate !!
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