Finding reliable painters can be a frightening proposition. After all, there are a lot of fly by night operators out there who are inexperienced, unlicensed and simply performing work on the side. In other words, the quality of so-called professional painters can vary greatly. Thus, it’s important to ask prospective painters specific questions when you are considering them for a job. Here are six questions you should ask your Oakville painters before hiring them.
1. Do you have insurance?
Your chosen contractor should have two types of insurance: comprehensive liability, which protects your building from damage, and worker’s compensation, which protects both you and the painters from liability when working on the job in your home. Bypass painting contractors who do not have insurance in place as you could end up paying out of pocket if accidents occur.
2. What are your hiring policies?
Many people worry about having strangers in their home, and with good reason. Ask your contractor if background checks are performed and what other measures they take to make sure that you and your premises remain safe. Another way you can make sure that all employees have been vetted is to ask to see if their clearage badges.
3. What type of training do you offer or require?
Most companies do not have the budget to offer employee training, yet you can ensure that anyone working on your home’s walls is qualified by asking what types of training each employee must have in order to be hired. Also asking whether your painting company hires subcontractors and asking for evidence of what the subcontractor’s policies are can help guarantee quality workers. Having experienced and trained workers will minimize the possibilities of any problems.
4. How long have you been in business?
Ideally, you want a painting contractor who has performed reliable work for 10 years, however, finding one with at least five years of experience is acceptable. Experience ensures that your painters can handle many different types of problems.
5. What types of materials do you use?
Even with something like paint, better quality materials lead to better quality results. Inferior quality paint can cover old paint insufficiently and lead to more expensive materials costs. Low quality can also mean you’ll need a repaint sooner. Only deal with contractors that use quality paints.
6. What type of warranty do you offer?
Look for a realistic warranty of one or two years. Paint failures do happen, even when quality brands are used. All warranties will have exclusions, but a good one will cover materials and labor if work needs to be redone. Also, ask whether the manufacturers of paint used offer warranties.