St. Louis homeowners have come to dread hiring a
because it can bring a lot of stressful surprises to a project. The time
it takes to complete the painting job can last longer than expected, the
price can escalate faster than a drop of paint can fall. Here are some
tips on hiring a painting contractor:
1. Apples to apples: Have each painting contractor give you an
estimate for the same services, including size of area to be painted,
type of paint, number of coats, preparation details, etc., so it will be
easier to compare and choose. Make sure they will use the right paint
for the situation. Some contractors will use the cheapest paint to keep
your price low. Choose paint that is going to hold up and last.
Kennedy Painting only uses the
best paint products available or what the client requests.
2. Prepare, prepare, prepare: Preparation is just as important as
the actual painting. Ask each painting contractor about his or her
preparation process. If your walls have cracks, holes, missing plaster,
bubbling or other flaws, make sure the painting contractor plans to
scrape, patch, sand, caulk and prime. Establish time guidelines as to
when you expect the job to be finished.
schedule your free consultation,
one of our painting contractors will walk you through the entire process
from color consultation to cleaning up.
3. Warranty warning: Establish the details of the warranty before
hiring someone and make sure it is in writing. Some warranties cover
labor and materials while some only cover materials. Make sure the
contractor is fully insured to cover: your home, furniture, artwork,
etc., not just the room or rooms being worked on.
Kennedy Painting provides a 2 year written guarantee before any
painting project starts.
4. Get Referrals: Ask for the names of previous customers, those who
hired the contractor for a job of similar scope, and check out the
finished product first-hand. Ask the customer, `Did the contractor live
up to your expectations regarding the quality of work, cleanliness and
timeline?' When the painters leave, you should not know that a painter
was in the house except for the new paint on the walls.
5. Insurance?: Ask the contractor and verify if the company is
insured against claims covering workers' compensation, property damage,
and personal liability in case of accidents. Ask to see a copy of the
certificate of insurance, or ask for the name of the contractor's
insurance carrier and agency to verify that the contractor has the
insurance. Kennedy Painting carries full
insurance, including liability, workers' compensation. All of our
painting contractors are full time employees and not sub-contractors.
If you would like to speak with one of our expert
technicians call us today at (314) 952-0156 or
to complete our online form.