Compare more than two contractors
Compare at least three different contractors. Call in at different contractors for your job and make sure you are home for the initial meeting with them. This way, you will know how much time the contractors took in assessing the state of your home. The longer the contractor takes, the more realistic the estimate you will get. Any estimates that sound too good to be true may actually be illegal.
Even a professional and experienced painter will need more than just a quick walk around your house.
Verify insurance and license
Some states require a contractor’s license while others allow laissez faire capitalism to reign free. If you hire a painter outside legal boundaries, it forfeits you as the homeowner, the right to recover your money for promises neglected. A good contractor should be able to provide you with a certificate of insurance and any necessary safety, bonding and compliance information for hired employees.
Invite and Interview
Invite the contractor into your home and tell him everything you want painted including everything you want protected like furniture, pianos, plants, patios. Ask the contractor questions like the kind of paint he uses, how many coats, How he fixes gaffe spills and the personal protection equipment he uses. If he is not willing to talk or becomes defensive, then he is not honest.
Call the References and check past works
Get a list of references from your prospective contractors and call them to know about their experience with the contractor. If there is a history of positive references, then it is a good sign. Also, check out the jobs the painters did years ago to see how the paint job is holding up.
Check out credentials.
Before hiring someone, consider his credentials. Although, membership in a local or trade business group isn’t a guarantee of quality work, it still show a level of reliability and commitment on his part. Verify also whether the painter has the necessary license(s).
Ask for written estimate from each contractor. It must include a breakdown of labor, cost of materials, the number of coats of paint and primer, the model and brand of materials, and a thorough description of the amount of surface preparation that needs to be done.
On a final note, do not make a large down payment and also, withhold the final payment, until you are hundred percent satisfied with the job