If you are contemplating hiring an exterior painting contractor or a professional painting service to give your Northern Virginia home a fresh look, there are several steps to take to get the best value possible. The professional painting company All American Painting Plus has been doing residential and commercial painting projects all over Northern Virginia for over a decade.
On many occasions, we have come in behind another contractor to finish a job that went incomplete or to fix mistakes. We know what the biggest fears of homeowners are when it comes to selecting a painting contractor, and we know how you can avoid having those fears come true.
With a plan, and a little digging, you can greatly improve your odds of getting exactly what you want to your full satisfaction.
So where do you start? It’s a good idea to get painting estimates from three reliable, professional painters. The low price doesn’t mean the best value but a little competition among professionals is always a good idea. So where do you find these professionals?
To get three prospects, you will probably have to call six or seven companies. Some will already be booked up and some simply aren’t that good about returning calls. Better to find that out now rather than when they are working on your house.
Quality of work and price are important, but there are more basic issues that need to be addressed. If you think about it, if you have an interior painting project, you are inviting strangers into your home.
You want to be assured the contractor is professional. To do that requires asking some tough questions, although many contractors will be preemptive and provide the answers before you even ask.
Of course, the primary concerns are colors and areas to be painted. But you also want to know the nitty gritty about the plan itself.
This step seems obvious, but when we say check references, we mean pick up the phone and call. Sure the references should all be ringers, but time passing has a way of taking the glow off of an experience and it’s easier to examine it objectively.
Quality is a major issue but what a reference can give you that you won’t find elsewhere is a firsthand account on how easy the contractor is to work with.
The time you spend checking references can eliminate any unwanted surprises once you give the go ahead to the contractor.
Painting contractors live on referrals. If you are happy with the service you receive, don’t keep it a secret. Share your experience on referral sites or the contractor’s website. At All American Painting Plus, we have an entire section dedicated to customer comments.
Follow these 5 steps and you can charge ahead with your project with confidence. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call us and we will be happy to help.
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