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Hiring a Painting Contractor

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The vast majority of Painting Contractors handle their estimates Promptly

I have been a painting contractor in the Tampa Bay area since 1979 and have heard This statement over
and over again.

In reality This generalization apply's to only a few contractors,the vast majority of licensed painting Contractors handle estimates in a timely and professional manor.

What I have noticed over the years is that many homeowners simply do not know how to assess the abilities of painting contractors. Most will look for the cheapest bid, not realizing a cheap contractor can often cost you more money in the long run.

Before you decide to hire the least expensive painter you can find, or "do it yourself", here are important points to consider that suggest the lowest price may not be the best value.

  • Always verify the contractor is licensed and insured:

Quality contracting firms will be only too happy to provide you with copies of their certificates of insurance. They should provide bonding information (if the job is large enough to require such) and documentation of safety training and compliance programs.

Not all states and municipalities require licensing however business registration with your state and municipality is generally a minimum requirement.

  • How to Choose the Right Contractor For Your Project:

Once you have decided to contract with someone to do a particular painting and decorating project, how do you go about selecting the right company? Do you make your selection on price, size of company, years in business, or other criteria?

To locate the names of reputable contractors, there are many sources of information. Some of these sources are the Internet “Goggle” Local paint contractors and compare, friends, relatives, architects and design professionals, and local "quality- oriented" paint supply stores. Narrow it down to two or three and ask for an estimate and scope of work. Share all of your concerns and expatiations and decide who you are most comfortable with.

  • Written Contracts are a Must:

Reputable contractors will encourage the use of a written contract. This contract should clearly explain the scope of the work to be performed. It should also cover such items as surfaces to be painted, methods and extent of surface preparation, time schedules for the project, and payment procedures. Knowing the total scope of the work enables you to carefully evaluate the different bids you may receive with the proper information and keep them on a level playing field. The contract serves to protect both you and the contractor.

  • Is Your Contractor a PDCA Member?:

Determine if your contractor is a member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. It has been in existence since 1884 and has over 3100 members all over the country and parts of Canada. The focus of the association is the education of its members and the promotion of professionalism within the industry. Look for the PDCA logo on your contractor's business card, bid sheets, or trucks. Trade associations such as the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) offer many programs for the education of painting contractors. This education includes training in the area of safety, business management, technical areas of painting and surface preparation, and more. Quality painting and decorating contractors are well educated on the different aspects of any painting project and that knowledge helps eliminate surprises. Excellence in paint application is as important with your selection of a contractor as are the skills to properly manage their business and your project.

  • In Closing

Good contractors are very eager for your business. They are also very proud of their craftsmanship. Once you have made your selection, step back and give the professional room to execute the project. You have both done your homework, so give the professional the opportunity to meet and exceed your expectations. Remember, as with anything else in life, you get what you pay for. If you want high quality and reliable service, be willing to pay the price that comes with it.

GOOD LUCK! Joe Pullaro