But don’t just pick any painting contractor, just because they are the first one you found in the phone book, do a little research first. You are paying for this service and you want to make sure you are picking the right painting contractor for the job. Homework is the difference between a great interior painting job and a disaster. You definitely want to thoroughly interview your potential painting contractors before hiring one of them.
Your friends and neighbors are a good place to start. Have any of them had this sort of work done? More than likely they have. What did they think of the painting contractor that they used? Was the just done as specified? Were the painters prompt in arriving and leaving when they where supposed to? Were they clean and neat in their work? Was the job completed on time and on budget? These are the questions you will want to ask your friends in order to find out if their painter would be a good choice for you as well. It is best to hear it from a former customer to get the real picture on how that particular painter will work. Because remember, just because your friend had a good experience, doesn't mean the painter is good. Mkae sure you still do you homework and get several estimates.
You can also find yourself a few contractors to interview by way of the internet. Our directory, for instance, here on the PainterSource is a great option. All you do is input your location in the yellow search box on this site and a list of qualified painters will come up in your area. It is ok to call a few for estimates from a few different painting contractors until you find the perfect one.
The more you like a painting contractor the more questions you should ask. Some painting contractors, you will be able to rule out immediately while others you may need to continue to ask questions. Here are some questions that might be important for you to ask in order to find the right painting contractor to paint bedrooms.
• Don’t just ask them for an estimate but also how they came up with that estimate. Did they use the professional standard or was it an eye ball guess. Is it an estimate or a bid? If it is an estimate ask about how they handle over runs. Also get the time frame from them and find out what happens if they go over through their own fault. These are things that need to be considered.
• Are they bonded and insured? This is important because things can get broken or stolen and you want to make sure you will get reimbursed. How about the crew? How many will be there on the job and how long have they worked for that painting contractor painting bedrooms? You are much safer if the painting contractor has painters that have been with him for years rather than a few day laborers that might or might not be professional painters.
• How does the painter intend to paint? Does he want to use spray, brushes, or rollers? Be reluctant if the painting contractor says spray. While spraying does have its place and time, using that method to paint a bedroom is not the right choice. It is just as fast for a professional painter to use brushes for cutting in and then rollers for the rest of the wall.
• Can your contractor help you with paint selection? The kid’s bedrooms will need different type of paint than yours unless you are still writing on your walls with crayons too. But can they help make the right choice with paint finishes and even with color selection?
• Do they offer any specialty paint finishes, otherwise known as faux painting? If they don’t normally do it you don’t want to be the house that they learn on, that’s for sure. If you do have a bedroom that you would like to do something special in besides regular straight painting, maybe they can make a suggestion for a good faux painter in your area.
All of these are important questions you should ask while evaluating painting contractors for painting bedrooms. You want to know what you can expect or not expect from them and you need to get all of it out of the way before you start. Good communication is important in establishing a good relationship with your new painting contractor. You will end up more pleased with the job if you start out by asking the right questions.