How to Find & Hire a Painting Contractor

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Painting is a skill and a profession built on experience. Use this guide to ensure your next interior or exterior painting project delivers the high quality outcome you desire.


1. Do Your Homework – Check out social media handles, seek out trusted referrals, and ask friends and family.
2. Plan a Painting Project Consult – Assess personality, professionalism, and get painting product options.
3. Get Three Quotes – Estimates are usually free.
4. Get a Written Contract – Manage expectations (especially your own) and avoid surprises.

1. Do Your Homework
A simple online search including your postal code will yield painting contractors’ ratings, customer testimonials and websites. If you don’t see images of painting projects, email the painter directly for examples.

Explore social media to find painters’ Instagram and Facebook accounts featuring before and after photos, project videos, and even recorded customer testimonials. Local community Facebook pages and parenting blogs are also great resources.

In addition to searching online, reach out to colleagues, friends and family. If you know someone—anyone—who has had painting work done, be sure to ask them for referrals. Call or visit your local Benjamin Moore retailer for recommendations. These independently owned businesses are integral parts of their communities and often well acquainted with many home improvement professionals working in your neighbourhood.

2. Plan a Painting Project Consult, and Ask for Options
Whether meeting a professional painting contractor online or in-person, look for a professional and polite demeanour. This person will likely be spending time around your home, so make sure you have a good rapport.

When describing your project during the consult, ask to receive more than one option tied to different products (primer, paint, and stain, for example). Ask the candidate to explain the differences; not only will it help you make an informed decision, it will help you get a strong sense of the painter’s professional knowledge of his or her craft.

"Ask the right questions! Are they licensed and insured? Do they have references that can be provided for similar projects? How are the employees trained? How do they protect belongings and maintain a clean, safe workspace? These are all examples of questions that should be asked to ensure you are hiring the right painting contractor for your project. They should also have a demeanuor that is easy to work with and focused on your needs for the project, not theirs."

This tip was given by a Miami painter professional at Precision Painting Plus

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