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Finding the Right Contractor for your Exterior Painting

Updated on May 28, 2014

Seven Key Aspects

Some basic ideas to keep in mind when looking for a contractor is experience, professionalism, their process, custom designs, construction, safeguards, and value. In order to find the perfect contractor, one must find a contractor that up holds all these seven qualities to the level to which you expect. If you want the outside of your home to be painted in five different colors, then a contractor who is skilled as a custom designer is the right one for you.

Experience

Experience is an important factor to keep in mind because a contractor with a lot of experience is more likely to have connections to more painters and has a more established company. If a company has been established for a long amount of time, they are more likely to have reviews written about them. These reviews are able to give you, a prospective client, and a true look at how a company operates.

Professionalism

This may be a personal preference but if I am allowing individuals into my home then I want to know that they will respect my belongings. If a company shows up at six in the morning, bangs on the door, comes in, drinks my coffee, and eats my bagel, they are not professional. This may sound like an extreme example but it’s better to error on the side of caution.

Their Process

This aspect is closely tied to professionalism. One must keep in mind that these contractors are going to be executing an idea that only exists in your mind. So, you need to be able to trust them with your home. In order for them to adequately create the design you want they should be open to visiting before coming to work. They should also survey the area in order to see that the surface is ready to be treated and that they have the right amount of color for each area.

Custom Designs, Construction and Safeguards

These two aspects go in hand seeing that the design is brought about by construction. Custom design may be an important factor depending on the look you want. The construction is always important because no one wants to pay money and have their house re-done only to find that they must go through the process again within a few years. The contractor should look to see that the surface is strong enough to be treated and last for years to come. Safeguarding is important during the construction, especially if you have children or pets. The contractor should take all precautions to keep the work area clean and protected.

Value

This is a simple factor to keep in mind because it deals with money. Do you want to pay $1,000 for a job that will last for ten years and looks great or pay $500 for a job that is done well and lasts a few years? It may take some extra funding to get exactly what you want but if it is made to last then it is worth it.

If you keep these seven factors in mind when looking for a contractor, in relation to your own priorities and desired look, then you should find the perfect contractor for you!

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