It can be difficult to hire a painter for your home or business.  There are many choices out there and it is difficult to identify which painting companies do great work, which companies do satisfactory work and which companies you should absolutely avoid.  In the absence of a recommendation, all too often the only criteria used to hire a painter is the quoted price.While a competitive price is important, you want to be sure that the job will be done well, on time and within budget.

Here are some questions to ask before you hire a painter.  While the questions do not guarantee a perfect job,  the answers will help you to form a more accurate picture of the company you are hiring.

  1. Can I have a free estimate?  The quoting process is a great opportunity to begin forming an opinion about your prospective painter.
    • Did the painter arrive on time for your estimate?
    • Did they accommodate you in setting an appointment time?
    • Did they turn the estimate around in 24 hours or less?
  2. Do you have references?
    • Did they provide references you can call?
  3. Are you bonded and insured?  Hopefully you will never need to act on these, but bad things can happen.
  4. Will the owner/operator be managing the job?  It is very important to have an experienced person managing the job on site to ensure that all goes smoothly and to be available to discuss the job with the client.
  5. When will the job be started, what hours do you work and how long will it take to complete?  You want to be sure that the job will be completed in a timely manner and that the work is done at an appropriate time of day.

Bonus consideration:

Clean up is an important consideration.  You should discuss how the painter(s) will look after cleanup, both at the end of the job and at the end of each day for medium and longer jobs.  The expectation is that they will leave the work area and other areas they access as clean (if not cleaner) than they found them.

Having a good, thorough discussion before hiring your painter should lead to a better relationship during the job and a good finished product.