How to Find the Best Painter for Your Painting Project

Many times, painting a space can be a simple do-it-yourself project. However, the larger and more complicated the project is the more likely you will need the knowledge and expertise of a professionally licensed painter.  

Like most things in life, finding a good painter is a process involving several steps. It will take time to find the best one for you. If you are looking for a commercial painting contractor Atlanta Ga, or anywhere a great place to start is asking for referrals. If you have recently bought a home, start by contacting your real estate agent. Many times, real estate agents will have great referrals for local contractors of all kinds. You can also ask for recommendations from friends, family, and coworkers. No matter where you received a referral it is important that you verify that they are licensed. Most states will have a government website where you can look up tradesmen and contractors and verify their licensure. 

After you have looked up potential painters, make a list of the best ones. Try to have at least three painters on your list you would be happy to have. If a specific person referred you to a painter, take time and go see the work they have done. Ask how long ago the painting happened. If the paint is holding up well after an extended period, then you can feel more confident in your choice.  

After you have taken time and looked at the work of the contractors on your list, you can move into the next stage. The next stage is getting bids. You’ll want a bid from everyone on your list. There are several important elements that should be in every bid you receive, The first in an officially fixed price of your project. This should not be an estimate, it should be the final cost of the project. Normally within that price is a contingency amount that only the contractor will know. This is common because it’s difficult to plan down to the last dollar, and small issues can arise. This contingency amount will cover those incidents at no additional cost to you. The next element that should be included in the estimate for time. This is where you should be liberal with the time that is estimated. In a bid, the money is set, but the time to finish a project will change. They may need more time, but it won’t cost you more money. Another element that should be in your bid is a warranty. Every good contractor will have a warranty that backs up their work. The longer the warranty the better, and anything less than three years is unacceptable. Read the warranty they give you for yourself and get a solid understanding before you hire that contractor. 

Hiring a reliable and skilled painter can seem like a difficult and overwhelming task at first. It doesn’t have to be. Take everything one step at a time and don’t rush the process. If you invest the time, you will reap great rewards.