Adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the fastest ways to give your home a facelift. One could always get the job done themselves, but getting a painting contractor is worth the extra cost. You should however not settle for the first one who comes across. On your part, there are steps you need to take to make sure you find the right person for the job. Here are how to get your top main candidates and how to settle for the one that checks everything (and more) off this list.

They are qualified

Just like you’re able to paint a wall, anyone else you come across can do the same. If you’re going to spend money to hire someone, it is best that they were licensed, bonded and insured. With these three in place, the outcome of the paint job, and anything that happens in between, solely rests on the contractor. You won’t end up dishing out extra costs should there be a workplace accident or any damage occurs your items because of something the contractor did.

Another aspect to look into is if they’re part of any contractor associations and qualifications. That would indicate that they take their professional work seriously and are up to date with the best industry practices. The ideal person is one who is company employed; you’ll have someone to get back to should anything go wrong. A serious business makes small business deduction CRA asks for.

Reviews and references

Anyone can false advertise online and get away with it. What you ought to do is have them share referrals from former clients. Speak to the clients listed to get an understanding of the level of professionalism to expect should you settle for the contractor. If you’re unable to do that, at the very least, look for other sites not affiliated to the one you’re looking into to get reviews from former clients.

Get an estimate

Once you’ve settled for your top three, ask each to send you an estimate of the paint job. It may be tempting to go for the one with the lowest bid, but it’s often times, not a good indication. There is a possibility that they’ll cut shortcuts especially if some of the items listed are well below market price. That is not always the case, however- if they do indeed have good reviews and their former clients are more than satisfied, then, by all means, go with them.

Consider going with a paint contractor who’s offering a guarantee for their work. There should equally be a duration of the project indicated that they’ll stick to; penalties for not doing so should be stated. The demeanor of the person you’re dealing with has to be professional at all times.