House Painting – Hiring a Contractor and Limiting Expense
For painting projects, the hard task is how to find a good contractor and how to make the project as friendly to the pocket as possible. Here’s what you can do.
If you are in a hurry looking for a contractor, the tendency is that you will not ask questions, which is the worst thing you can do. Here are four sample questions.
- Is the contractor capable of fulfilling your needs and requirements?
Many contractors have the tendency to suggest the kind of job they already had done with their past clients. Don’t be coerced into saying yes.
Specify your requirements and let them be the ones to agree to the specific project you have in mind; better if you can make them agree to do the job under your budget.
- Are they good at prepping surfaces?
The hard part in painting projects is preparation or prepping. This includes scraping, sanding and priming the surfaces. Since prepping is the harder part of the project, this is where contractors usually fail.
When talking to them, ask them how they do prepping and when assessing the quality of their past projects, assess it on the basis of prepping.
- Do they put everything in writing?
Your deal with the painting company can go awry. Disagreements and misunderstandings between a client and a contractor do happen, and it can happen right in the middle of the project.
When that happens to you and your contractor, you have the contract or the terms and conditions to refer to. Keep all papers related to the project in a safe location where they can be easily accessed.
- Can they give you an estimate?
Once you have three or four qualified painters in mind, invite them over to your home and make them give you an estimate. For every estimate, make sure that they give you the details in writing.
Details include their contact information, the specific job to complete, the products and the colors to use, the total cost, and the completion date.
If a company can’t come to your home to make an estimate, they are probably too busy to give you their time or they have more important things to do. How they treat you now reflects how they will treat you from the moment you close a deal with them.
How to limit expense
The national average expense for house painting is $2,581.00. Most homeowners pay between $1,714 and $3,682. The number of stories in a house and ease of access can significantly affect cost.
Here are saving tips for this project.
- Consider doing the project in spring or winter. Charges are higher during summer when many undertake house painting projects.
- To get discounts from your contractor, allow some flexibility in terms of scheduling and delays. Contractors have tight schedules. Being patient with your contractor’s lapses may result to lower charges.
- Consider telling your contractor that you plan to recommend them to your family and friends. The vote of confidence will surely encourage them to do their job better, and consider slashing product and manpower costs.
- Ask for it. There’s nothing wrong with trying your luck asking your contractor to lower the charges. These people understand that clients may also be trying to make both ends meet.
Prepare Your Home for the Contractor
It is true that part of a contractor’s job is to move furniture and fixtures and put them back in on completion, but if you can lend them a hand by doing this yourself, it will surely make the contractor happy, and try to look one more time on the quotation for more cost reduction.