Painting and decorating is a fun and relatively inexpensive way to personalize your living environment. While there are many jobs that you can take on yourself, for the big ones you will need a painting contractor.
A painting contractor typically has years of experience and expertise that will add a professional touch to your project. While some people may scoff at the idea of needing a paint contractor for their home, it is often seen that hiring a professional to do the work ends up saving money in the long run. They usually have better equipment and more knowledge regarding paints that are available, and contractor pricing is much better than direct to consumer pricing on large quantities of paint. Painting contractors are surprisingly easy to find. A quick search on the internet will turn up thousands of site where freelance painters have posted resumes, examples of their work, and in some cases even customer feedback. Taking the time to find a painting contractor with consistent positive feedback will save you time and money once the project is underway. The sites that allow for customers to leave their own comments are best; because it is through their unbiased reviews you will get the most honest view of the painting contractor. Once you have settled on a painting contractor, it is time to negotiate the price. Have them print or write out a detailed bid that outlines the exact scope of the work that they are to complete, as well as the line item costs. Make sure they also include what they will be charging in terms of hourly wages or lump sum for labor. Many times they leave out the labor, and this provides a shocking surprise when the job is finally complete. There is always the potential for the price to go up a bit once the project is started, but make sure that it is priced in such a way that you understand how he will price incidental charges.The best thing that you can do to ensure a positive experience with a painting contractor is to prepare. Figure the exact scope of the project at hand. Measure the space that is going to be painted beforehand. The painters will generally need this information to give you a detailed bid. Go ahead and clear the space that is to be painted when showing the contractor. He will probably have drop cloths and such, but it is a good idea to go ahead and move out any breakables or valuables you are concerned might be damaged.
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This information has been provided by Paul Tinsley, who owns a small Painting and decorating company that supplies painters and decorators and well as painting contractors.
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