Sunshine Painting Home Improvements is a premier Columbia painting company. We provide a variety of services and maintain the highest standards of workmanship for all of our projects, big and small. We serve the greater Columbia metro area.
How to Hire a Columbia Painting Contractor
If you’re like a lot of homeowners you enjoy doing projects around the house but if your home is very large or higher than one story, painting can be a bit daunting especially where heights are involved. Hiring a professional painter to take on the project is probably an easier solution particularly when dealing with ladders and high places. If you hire a qualified Columbia painter you can be certain he’ll have all the proper equipment to complete the job quickly and safely.
The purpose of painting your home is to improve its appearance and protect your investment but if the work is unprofessional or the products inferior your job won’t be successful. Anyone can claim to be a painter, but painting takes a certain amount of detailed skill so when you decide to hire someone for the job you need to become an informed consumer. It doesn’t matter if you want just one room painted or your entire home, you should make sure you’re getting a knowledgeable painter for the job.
Where to Locate a Professional Columbia Painting Contractor
When you make the decision to hire a Columbia painter there are a number of places you can start. Check with your local paint store or home building center. Many of these stores will have bulletin boards where painters and other contractors can post their business cards. Do a search online for a directory of qualified local Columbia painters. The certification process that is sometime involved can be take time and money and usually only professionals will make the effort.
Ask friends, family and co-workers if they’ve ever hired a painter. Possibly they can show you the work that was done and let you know if they were pleased with the job or if they have any complaints. If you feel the Columbia painter provided professional work, you can ask for his contact information.
Interviewing a Columbia Painting Contractor
Hiring a Columbia painter based solely on his estimate is not usually a good idea. When asking for an estimate take some time to actually conduct interviews to help you find the right painter for the work you want done. Ask a few painters to visit your home and do an onsite walk through with you. Talk with each one about their knowledge and years of experience as a painter. Ask if they have done any work with other established local contractors. This is usually a good indication that they provide quality work.
Ask each Columbia painter for proof of current license and insurance. Every Columbia painter should have liability insurance to protect you in case of damage. Also verify that they carry workers compensation insurance for any employees. If an employee gets hurt while working on your property, you don’t want to be held liable for any potential medical bills. Make certain the painter is also bonded. If he should leave you with some unfinished work you then have recourse for getting the job completed.
Ask for references from each Columbia painter and follow up on them, but don’t rely on references alone. References can certainly be helpful but keep in mind that if there are any unhappy customers, you’re not going to get their contact information. Check with the local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints on file. Ask what they were and if they were resolved. Complaints can happen to the best of businesses but how they are handled is what’s important.
Once you have a few painters in mind, it’s time to get some estimates. Since every Columbia painter handles a job differently, from the brands of paint he prefers to the methods of cleanup he uses bids can get confusing. There could be differences in the prep work such as on exterior work where one painter may scrape and sand and another may use a pressure washer. These differences can greatly impact the figures on the bids you receive. You should supply each Columbia painter with a list of what you would like included in their bid. This way when you look at the bids they should all be uniform in the scope and details of the project which will make them much easier to compare.
Getting a Contract from a Columbia Painting Contractor
Once you’ve found the Columbia painter you feel is right for your project it’s time to get a contract in place. There are a number of things that should be included in a contract, including a summery of the job and how it will be accomplished. It’s also important to include the type of paint and the exact cost for materials and labor. It should also include all the painter’s contact information as well as his contractor’s license number. He should also attach copies of any necessary insurance policies. You’ll also want a date for completion of the job.
Ask about a guarantee if there should be a problem with the paint such as chipping peeling, chalking or excessive fading within the first couple of years. If there is one make sure it’s also in writing that the painter will fix the problem at little or no cost to you. While the paint itself may come with an extensive warranty, it will not include the labor cost of having the job redone.
Remember that you want to hire a painter you can trust. He may be working when you’re not around and it’s difficult to keep an eye on what he’s doing. Once the final coat is on you wont be able to determine if the surface was properly prepared or primed or how many coats of paint were actually applied. Hiring a reliable Columbia painter is just as important as hiring any other contractor to come into your home and you want the best one for the job.