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How to Find and Hire the Right Painting Contractor in Vancouver

We’ve all heard the horror stories about contractors who do a sub-par job or even steal items out of a customer’s home. It’s an unfortunate issue, and taking the time to do your homework before selecting a painting contractor can help you avoid these fly-by-night contractors that make news headlines. Prorise Painting has asked many customers what the most important factors are in looking for a painting contractor, and we came up with the following steps on how to find and hire the right painting contractor for you.

Ask Around – The best way to find a quality painting contractor is to get referrals from friends, neighbours and co-workers who have had good experiences with painting contractors in your area. You can also get referrals from your local paint store, as they deal with numerous contractors and know which ones have a great reputation, and which ones to avoid.

Get at Least 2 Estimates – When you receive estimates from painting contractors in Vancouver, they generally fall within the same price range. When the estimates vary substantially from each other, ask the painting contractor for details on what is or isn’t being done. For example, did they include the cost of moving the furniture, or are they expecting you to do it which is why it’s so much cheaper?

Get to know the contractor – Ask the painting contractor for information by asking some of the following questions:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • Can I speak with your references?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • Do you subcontract the work or perform it yourself?
  • What is your guarantee policy?
  • What products do you use?

Know exactly what you want painted – when the painting contractor visits your home to provide an estimate, walk them around and tell them exactly what you need done and what needs to be painted. It’s a good idea to discuss the options. Be specific about which surfaces you want to have painted and the paint colours and finishes you want used.

Pay attention to their behaviour – When you meet with each painting contractor, pay attention to the following signs and behaviours:

  • Is the contractor professional and courteous?
  • Do they appear knowledgable in their field of expertise?
  • Do they return phone calls promptly and are on time for appointments?
  • Do they provide estimates?

Always Check References – Be sure to get at least two references from past customers that you can speak to directly about their experience with the contractor. It’s always a good idea to go online and read recent reviews on the contractor’s Google listings or Homestars as well.

Review the Estimate and Contract – Review the written contract carefully and ask detailed questions about any concerns you may have. Below are some of the items you should verify with your contractor by reviewing the contract or asking the contractor directly:

  • What exactly is being painted?
  • Paint colours for each area being painted
  • Details of preparation and cleanup
  • How will the contractor protect plants, furniture and other items
  • What is the estimated time for completion
  • What payment methods are accepted

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