How to Choose a House Painter in Toronto
1. Choose a licensed, professional painting contractor. You might run across a friend of a friend who does house painting jobs on the side but isn’t a licensed contractor. Typically an unlicensed painter will charge a smaller fee up front, but it might end up costing you in the end. The advantage to choosing a licensed professional is that this person will be bonded and insured, which guarantees that your job will be completed to your satisfaction.
A licensed painting contractor will also have insurance that covers the painters in the event that they are injured while working on your home. If you hire a painter who isn’t licensed, you run the risk that the painter could take your money without starting or finishing the job that you hired him for. There is also the chance that the painter could be injured on the job and hold you responsible for his medical expenses because he isn’t insured. It’s worth hiring a licensed contractor, even if it costs you a little more up front, to gain the security that comes along with licensing, insurance and bonding.
2. Always get an estimate in writing. The contractor that you hire should visit your home in person to examine and measure the areas to be painted. This is a good time to ask questions and solicit advice. You should also clarify your expectations for the job at this time. Discuss in detail with the painter items such as:
o Number of coats of paint to be appliedo How surfaces will be prepared - Sanding, bleaching, power washing, or caulkingo Brand and color of paint to be usedo Areas to be painted - Walls, ceilings, trimo Date of completiono Payment scheduleo Total costo Expectations for cleanup after the job is complete
All of these details should be outlined in writing in the estimate and/or the contract that you sign agreeing to the painter’s services.
3. Ask for recommendations from friends and check references. A positive referral from a trusted friend is a good starting point for hiring a painting contractor. Ask the painter for references, too. In particular, you should ask the contractor for a reference from a job that was similar to yours, but performed a few years before. When you contact the reference, ask them how the paint finish has held up over time in addition to the neatness and quality of the coverage at the time of the job.
For excellent service, contact us at The Painters Group in Toronto. We provide top quality painting services both inside and out. We love what we do, and our passion comes through clearly in the high quality of our work. We can handle residential, commercial, and industrial projects, including 24 hour emergency service when you just can’t wait. We also assist with drywall repairs, fire and flood damage repair, vinyl and ceramic flooring, and more.
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