What questions should I ask my potential painters?
Ideally, ALL painting contractors would tell you exactly what’s included in their price and what’s not. However, as we all know, ideal world scenarios don’t usually tend to mirror the real world. When hiring any trade there are some key things that you need to know in order to protect you and your home. Below are a few questions to ask any painting contractor.
- Do you carry insurance?
If they are not insured, then it is your insurance that will end up paying for any damage that may occur. This will increase your premiums. Make sure they have at least 1 million dollars in third party liability insurance.
- Are they covered by WCB?
If your worker is injured on the jobsite and they don’t have WCB it is your insurance that must cover them. Again, this will increase your insurance premiums.
- Are they BBB A+ accredited?
If a business has been accredited by the BBB, it means BBB has determined that the business meets accreditation standards which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.
- How many coats are included in the quote?
360 Painting has a standard of two coats of paint. This is a professional standard. If they quote is for only one coat of paint, the price might be lower but you will not get the quality you are looking for.
- Will you prime before painting? Why? Why not?
Some areas may not need to be primed. If the area is in good condition it may not need a prime coat. However, there are several reasons that a substrate will need to be primed. For example, if the area is bare wood or bare drywall, if the painter is painting over old oil or lacquer paint it will need to be primed. Priming adds time and money to the quote but it will save you in the long run because the paint will stick and you won’t have it coming off in a few years.
- What type of paint will you be using?
There are good quality paints and there are lower quality paints. Make sure the paint they are quoting comes from a quality distributor. 360 painting uses Dulux, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams paints. All three companies have lower end paints and high end paints. Make sure that the painter specifies which paint they are using in the quote. A lower quality paint will cost less but it will not last as long.
- Will you move my furniture or do I have to?
At 360 Painting, moving of furniture is included in the quote. We will also cover your furniture to protect it. The only thing we ask is that you take all breakable items off the walls and furniture and store it out of the way.
- Do you have a warranty?
If so, what does it cover? We have a two-year warranty which covers all labour and materials. If the paint fails or the painter applies something incorrectly, we come back and fix it for free.
Having people that you trust in to your home is key. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what is important to you when choosing a painting contractor. Asking these questions will help you to evaluate them to determine if they are the right company for you.
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