Your home is your sanctuary, where you go to relax, to spend time with family and friends and to live your life. The décor of this environment sets the mood and becomes the backdrop for your everyday experiences. As such, the painting contractor you hire to manage your interior design projects is the Michelangelo to your Sistine Chapel. Be sure to check these criteria before starting any paint project:
- Experience. How long have they been in business and have they got samples or pictures of projects like yours in their portfolio?
- Employees or subcontractors? You signed a contract with your painter for your job – he did his due diligence to sell himself and his skillset to you. Will he be doing the work himself? Has his staff been trained in his techniques? Or will he farm the job out to a subcontractor?
- Insurance. NJ business guidelines require all painting contractors to carry liability insurance to cover potential damage to any job site (a/k/a your home). Before you sign any painting contract, ask for a copy of your contractor’s insurance certificate.
- Prep Work, Products and Clean Up. The reason you hire a professional is to ensure the work is prepped and done properly, to take away the risk of damage or decrease the resulting mess. What prep work will your painting contractor do? Hoe many coats of paint? What products will they use and why? Do they do 100% clean up and rearrangement of the space post work?
- References. The best salesman can sell ice to snowman, right? Just because your painter says they’re the man (or woman) for the job, getting recon from past customers is necessary. Get 2-3 references from your contractor, whether you know the people referring them or not, is a great way to ensure he walks his talk and will provide the level of service you require.