Regardless of why you need to have a painting job done, choosing the best possible painting contractor is imperative. With the sheer number of contractors offering their services online and offline, it could be hard to separate the reliable from the unreliable. We have some suggestions that could come in handy and might provide you the help you need in finding a you can entrust with just about any kind of painting job required.
Normally, your first instinct may be to do a quick Internet search or grab the phone book and start picking names at random. The former option is more effective, as your average painting contractor on the Internet wouldn't be bound by the space constraints dealt with by those posting their numbers on the yellow pages. They would have more room to describe their services, list their prices, and post photos of their work. Phone book ads don't give you much insight into a capabilities - usually, they just post their number and that's it. But the best option would still be to search online and/or offline AND ask for recommendations from people you know and trust. You just might hear a few common suggestions offered, and if you do, you should definitely add those names to your shortlist of candidates.
Once you've listed down a few companies, you can start studying their websites. Again, you'll want to check those photos of completed painting jobs and compare prices and services. It's also a good idea to check their guestbook for feedback. Be wary of "fine print" and always be on the lookout for hidden catches. If something looks and sounds too good to be true, it most likely is too good to be true. If the website looks as if the designer "mailed it in", then you might want to scratch the company in question from your list. Unprofessional is often a sign of a lazy company.
Aside from the website content, you should certainly consider how long a painting contractor has been operating. But to be more specific, inquire about how long the contractor has been CERTIFIED. Any Tom, Dick, and Harry can claim to have thirty years of painting experience, but if they have only been certified one year out of that thirty, it won't do you much good.
Lastly, you should consider the price you will be paying the painting contractor. While you shouldn't get too excited over ridiculously low prices (remember that in most cases, you get what you pay for), you shouldn't have to overpay for any kind of painting done in or around your home or building.
Hiring the right contractor can ensure your home or building remains in the best of shape and continues to leave a good impression on the public.