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How to Hire a Painting Contractor

posted Oct 7, 2012, 7:58 AM by Call Paul Painting, Inc.   [ updated Oct 7, 2012, 7:59 AM ]

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By: Carina MacDonald

Anecdotes abound concerning shady contractors who will take your money and run. So here's your first tip for hiring a painting contractor: Never give a down payment before any work has begun. There is no reason to. Established contractors never need money for materials.

Before You Begin
Get several estimates. Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations. It is better to hire someone who has a known track record as a reliable person who does good work. Ask for proof of liability insurance too.

A detailed, written estimate is important. It will be your agreement as to the amount and type of work to be performed so you and your painting contractor are on the same page about all aspects of the job.

Consider other work you are going to have performed. Are you going to replace trim, counter tops or window treatments? Generally, this work should be completed before painting. If flooring is to be replaced, most of the painting should be done before new floors are laid. Final work, touch up and baseboards, should be finished after the floors are in place.

When you get estimates, make sure they are based on the same specifications (areas to be painted, number of coats, type of paint and so forth). It's also important to ask if all the work will be done at once. During the busy season, contractors can get stretched too thin. You don't want your painter to juggle your job along with several others.

Determine who will be responsible for taking down wall décor, window coverings, moving furniture, etc. Painters have differing policies on this. Many ask that the client take care of wall décor and anything small and breakable, but will handle all the furniture and window coverings.

The Importance of Trust
Be wary of anyone who asks for a substantial down payment and never give anyone more than 50% of the price up front. For large jobs, ask for a progressive payment plan. You will pay as work is completed while reserving the final payment for satisfactory completion of all work, including the final touch up.

Remember, trust goes both ways. Always pay your contractor on time and in the correct amount. If it's a long job, make sure that the installments you pay are fair.

Cost should not be the only factor when hiring a contractor. Also consider their track record and your gut feeling. Since you'll be working with this person and providing access to your home, you'd better like and trust him or her. If the bid difference is minimal, choose the contractor you feel better about, even if it costs a little more.

A Few Words of Advice
Have your paint choices determined in advance to keep work moving along in a timely fashion.
Paint cleanup takes a lot of water. Access to a large laundry sink or exterior hose is needed and appreciated.
Make sure your contractor has a comfortable place to eat lunch and take breaks.

Need help selecting a color?

posted Jul 16, 2012, 6:53 PM by Call Paul Painting, Inc.

With the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer, you can upload photos of your home's exterior or the interior rooms of your own home and see what it will look like in different colors without purchasing any paint.  You can access it on the Sherwin-Williams website, or by clicking here to access it on our site.

Happy New Year 2012

posted Jan 16, 2012, 8:37 AM by Call Paul Painting, Inc.

Happy New Year!  If you need a painter, its easy - Call Paul.  We'd love to help you out in 2012.  Call Paul Painting currently has winter bonus deals.  Hire us to paint a room for you (or multiple rooms) and we will paint the associated trim at no additional charge.

Fall Specials

posted Nov 16, 2011, 5:01 PM by Call Paul Painting, Inc.

We are offering fantastic Fall specials on home painting makeovers. Call for more details/specifics. We are also growing and looking for talented people to grow with us. Please contact Paul if you are interested, or know someone who may be a good fit. Also too, don't forget - if you need painting done, its easy... just Call Paul for some of the best quality work. Thanks everyone!

Call Paul

posted May 26, 2011, 4:12 PM by Call Paul Painting, Inc.

Give us a call for great pricing on all of your household/business painting needs. Refer us to a friend for a painting job - and if we perform the work, we'll give you $25! Call today for more details. (727) 244-9954.

Spring is Upon Us

posted Apr 19, 2011, 9:11 PM by Call Paul Painting, Inc.

Spring into some fresh new colors. Call Paul Painting can help you with your spring-time home makeover. Give us a call today for a free quote!

Its Tax Time...

posted Feb 9, 2011, 5:11 PM by Paul Melanson

It's tax season, so put that tax return to good use and freshen up your home or business with a new paint job from Call Paul Painting, Inc.  Give us a call at (727) 244-9954 or e-mail us at info@callpaulpainting.com.

Holiday Painting Specials

posted Nov 13, 2010, 4:00 PM by Call Paul Painting, Inc.

The Holidays are a great time to get a new look around the house. Now is the time to change colors and liven up your place. Call to find out about our holiday specials. Remember, if you need a painter - its easy - Call Paul!

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