- Before any work begins, go over all costs and make sure there are no questions. Be sure you understand how any and all extra costs outside of your agreement would be determined.
- Follow your gut instinct. If there is something about the painter(s) that doesn’t feel “right”, stop the deal before signing a contract. Don’t tolerate someone who is late to appointments, discourteous or condescending. Also, don’t commit to a painter who is out of your budget.
- Have your agreed-upon fees be put in writing in a letter of agreement or a contract. The painter should draw up this letter or contract containing a thorough outline of the work to be done, the costs, the work schedule, and the payment schedule.
- If the painters are bringing their own paints, nothing should be ordered until you approve it. Once materials are ordered, don’t change your mind unless you are prepared to pay for it. Most likely, you will save money by picking up your own paints at the paint or hardware store. Just make sure to find out how much paint they need you to have on hand.
- Expect to make allowances for unforeseen problems, both regarding time and fees. It’s impossible to know what may happen during the duration of a paint job. For this reason, it’s important that you are working with someone who is trustworthy and who will not take advantage.
Ten Tips for Hiring Professional Painters (2)July 28th, 2012 by Lily Leave a reply »