You’ve made the decision that your house needs painting; it’s time to bite the bullet and get it done. So many considerations, so many options, it can be overwhelming for many.
So what are you looking for in a painting contractor? Is price the most important to you, or is workmanship? Or is there something else? Consider this: selecting a painting contractor is about the entire package. First of all, let’s get the business end out of the way. They should be licensed and insured. This should be checked with the Contractors State Licensing Board (www.cslb.ca.gov). Check to see how long they’ve been in business and their business rating with the Better Business Bureau. Check their references. How involved in the community are they? They should be a member of the local chamber of commerce. If a local business gives back to the community, then why not support that business?
I would think you’d want to know about their painters. How long have they been with the company and their experience would be important to know. Longevity with a company says a lot about both the painter and the company. Ask the references that you call if they are respectful of your property, clean up at the end of the work day, and how well they do their job. If the painting contractor has a color consultant, that’s a big bonus. People can be overwhelmed with the decision of selecting colors, and so having a professional help you through this process is a huge benefit.
At the end of your experience with a painting contractor, you should be happy with the results. You should feel confident that the money you invested in protecting and beautifying your home also provided you with an experience that you would want to share with your friends. That’s truly the sign of a good painting contractor.