Using a professional painting contractor takes the stress out of painting the exterior or interior of your home, and finding the right one is the most important decision in any home improvement project.
The best way to find a quality painting contractor is to get referrals from friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who have had good experiences with the paint contractors they’ve used. You can also ask one of our paint professionals from your local Benjamin Moore store for a recommendation.
Use these tips to narrow down your choices and ensure you get the right professional for your project.
Always ask contractors the following questions:
Pay attention to the following signs and behaviors when speaking to contractors:
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.
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.
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: