The City of Chicago has thousands of interior and exterior painting contractors. For the consumer, it can be difficult to discern the good contractors from the bad. However, choosing the right paint contractor will add value to your home, and protect your money, family & possessions. Whether your needs are commercial, residential, interior or exterior the following guidelines can help you sift through all the choices and find the right paint contractor for you.
Ask for References
Begin by asking family, friends, and co-workers for recommendations. There might be someone that you know who just hired a painting contractor. If not, select three (3) contractors you feel can meet your needs and ask them for references of previous clients. Don’t hesitate to call their clients and ask how satisfied were they with their services.
Any reputable contractor will carry insurance. Insured companies are focused on protecting their image, their company and, most importantly their customer. Before hiring a contractor ask if they carry general liability insurance. (In Chicago they should carry ‘B+’ rating or better.) If the contractor is unwilling or unable to provide a copy of his insurance policy, consider hiring someone else. The moment an uninsured or under-insured contractor steps onto your property, you could be liable.
Best Price vs. Best Value
We all want the best deal; however, the best deal can also be—the worst deal. Be fore-warned, the best price doesn’t always connote the best deal in painting. Painting contractors should bid projects on different levels. For example, if a job requires major prep or restoration work before painting the painting estimator should bid the job for what’s needed? A really good estimator will explain to the customer why the need for such work, but also giving the customer the option to decline for a cheaper version. A rule of thumb is: A paint job done the right way should last for 8-10 years with moderate up-keep. Dividing the cost over time the customer will see value in the bid price they received. If the price is low you will see a low value, thus repainting in a year or two. The contractor that is the best value will provide the best quality and level of service at the best price.
If any service providing company doesn’t guarantee their work, run! Painting contractors that stand by their work are companies who care about their reputation, their customer’s, and who care about doing the job the right way, the first time.
Needlesstosay, the materials used in your home should be of the best quality. You should inquire about the materials the contractor plans to use in your home and why does the contractor use those materials. Ask about latest materials in the industry; ask if there are healthier choices to choose from. If the contractor doesn’t know about the trends and enhancements in his industry, chances are he doesn’t care about using the safest materials. As a note, today they are many option of paints to choose from, but the most important options are paints that are made with low to zero-VOC’s. Accurate Painting Service has pledge a green environment pledge by only painting with paints that have a Green assurance.
In addition to these steps, you can also visit the contractor website for more information; check to see if they have any accreditation, city license, etc. They are many factors to consider in choosing a trustworthy paint contractor. If you use due diligence you will find the best fit for your needs.
Accurate Painting Service offers exterior and interior residential and commercial painting services in Chicago, Illinois and surrounding suburbs.
For more information please visit our website: www.healthypaintingbyaps.com; or call 855-ZERO-VOC