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How to pick a painting contractor

So you need some painting work done at your house, office or apartment? How do you choose the right painting contractor? One you can trust? One who will turn up? Do a good job? Here is some help from a professional who, sadly, has seen many fly-by-nighters come and go.

When looking for a contractor do your own research and don't let a fast talker sell you on something you don't need or want. The painting is full of people and companies who only want your money, along with a hefty helping of broken promises and excuses. Most of my business comes from referrals from satisfied customers who want to deal with one person and not spend half a day calling and leaving messages when they have a problem. I run my business from start to finish - if you have a problem, you talk to me.

Extended painting warranties

I don't offer anything you don't need, like extended warranties. Most warranties are written in a way that it won't cover anything and the cost is far more than it is worth. Most publications say extended warranties, whether on a car, your house or a washing machine, are a waste of money.

Hire licensed painting contractors for peace of mind

Hiring a licensed contractor is the first step you should take. When you work with a licensed contractor you get a two year warranty with every job. You can also have peace of mind knowing that the qualifying person on the license has been tested in construction law, business law, and the craft the license is for. When you hire a licensed contractor, you're getting someone who knows their stuff.

I took my test at the same place insurance brokers and real estate brokers get tested. The ROC also does a background check on every application because you can't get a license with a felony record. The ROC also needs to see previous experience in that craft. So always check a contractor's ROC license and make sure it's for the trade they're offering, it's in their name, pending or past disciplinary action, and it's current.

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Experience - there's no substitute!

Not only should the contractor be experienced, but you need to know that the people they hire have worked in the field as well. Often companies will hire anyone off the street to do this kind of work, because they're cheaper than professionals. As far as I am concerned, that is a very bad thing to do. I have had owners hire people to work for me on my own business and been bitten by a number of bad people in the past. Not only are they usually inexperienced, but they can fail to show up (slowing the project), or steal from you or customers.

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