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What To Ask Painting Contractors Before Selecting One

26 Aug

  Transforming your home, inside or out, is a massive undertaking that requires precious time and money. If you’ve been searching online for the best local painting company and yield several results, to help narrow them down before committing to a contract, here are a few things you should consider asking them.  Before we dive … Continued

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Transforming your home, inside or out, is a massive undertaking that requires precious time and money. If you’ve been searching online for the best local painting company and yield several results, to help narrow them down before committing to a contract, here are a few things you should consider asking them. 

Before we dive right into what you should ask them, consider asking yourself what’s important to you in a painting contractor. 

  • Will you require additional services?
  • What type of painting services are you looking for?
  • Will you need help clearing the space?
  • What’s your budget and timeline?

Additionally, when you reach out to painting contractors near you, before you ask the tough questions, pay attention to how easy it was to contact them and how you were received as a potential client. The questions in today’s post should be the interview for the painting company, and making it to the interview requires them to already answer favorably to the questions above and answer your request for services without making you feel like a burden. Now, on to the questions you should ask before selecting a painting contractor. 

Can I See Some of Your Previous Work?

A picture is worth a thousand words and a testimonial is worth your peace of mind. A legitimate painting company will have plenty of images in their gallery to showcase their skills and glowing reviews from satisfied clients. Of course, it’s always important to remember that no one can make everyone happy, so a single negative review shouldn’t necessarily strike a painting contractor from your list, but negative themes in testimonials should raise some flags. Check out online galleries or social media for project photos and before/after images. 

At Rent Painters, we are proud of our work and happily show it off. Check out our Instagram and Facebook for inspiration and client feedback, and our 5-star reviews on Google and Yelp

What Additional Services Do You Offer? 

If a painting contractor doesn’t offer additional services, it doesn’t make them a bad painter, it just may not be what you need. If you require additional services, it’s wise to attempt to bundle. For instance, if you are a property manager, you’ll want a local DC painting contractor who can handle interior, exterior, drywall, cabinet, and deck & fence painting, in addition to cleaning and moving services. There is no right or wrong answer to this question but will depend on your specific needs and the convenience of bundling services. The fewer contractors you have to manage, the easier your project will be!

At Rent Painters, we are proud to be the Greater DC Area’s one-stop shop for all of your home painting needs. Check out our full menu of services as well as our sister companies Rent Movers and Rent Maids

Can I Get a Free Estimate (and, Will You Stick to It)?

Probably the most important question to ask a painting contractor is about pricing. Fees for services should be transparent and they should offer a free estimate. A mandatory follow-up question should be will they honor the estimate and what sorts of things would change the final amount due. Press further and ask about fees including taxes, paint, tools, etc. that will be calculated separately and affect the overall cost of the project. A legitimate company has nothing to hide and will negotiate the final price upfront without hassle. 

At Rent Painters, we pride ourselves on providing fair and honest work to the homeowners of Silver Spring and the greater Washington, D.C. area. We take our quotes a step further and list our prices online for the world to see. No tricks, no gimmicks, no high-pressure sales negotiations, just simple, transparent pricing to keep everyone honest. Try out our calculator for yourself!

What Guarantees Can You Offer?

Anyone, and we do mean any-one, can paint a house. All it takes is paint and a paintbrush. But, the fact that you’re looking for a painting contractor to begin with makes us believe that you understand quality home painting is more than just slopping paint onto walls. Quality interior and exterior house painting takes skills, finesse, and the right tools. Local paint contractors who can deliver on high expectations will stand by their work and back it up with craftsmanship and product guarantees. 

At Rent Painters, we take our business, and your satisfaction, to heart. Standing by our excellent service and guaranteeing results that will exceed your expectations, we offer a three-year warranty on all interior paint jobs, and a two-year warranty on all exterior paint jobs. In addition to providing you an impeccably painted house, we offer peace of mind — and you can’t put a price on that!

If we haven’t answered all of your questions in today’s post, check out our other post on the topic Questions to Ask When You’re Looking For House Painters In the DC Area or visit our online Frequently Asked Questions page. Got more questions? Great! We’d love to hear from you and get them answered. Reach out to us online anytime or call us any day between 8am and 6pm. We’ll talk soon.

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