If you have a small simple painting job to do, a DIY approach can work for you. However, bigger and more complicated painting jobs need a professional to tackle them. But how do you know you’re hiring the right painting company for the job?
If there’s one thing South Africans are, it’s resourceful and independent. We like to try and do things ourselves. The only problem is painting your home can be very difficult and often even dangerous.
For example, if you live in an older house built before the late 1970s, it might have been painted using lead paint.
Any remaining paint in a house from this era can crumble into dust – which can be very toxic, especially for children and pregnant women. It’s extremely important that you don’t tackle this dangerous revamp yourself.
So how do you choose painting contractors that are right for your particular job? Here are a few tips on how to find the best and leave behind the rest!
Ask Around For the Best Painters
You can ask people in your business, family and friend circles for quality referrals. If you know of anyone who recently had painting done, find out who did the job and how it turned out.
Make sure to ask your contacts if the painting company they hired worked efficiently, cleaned up after themselves, and didn’t damage or steal anything.
Find out what kind of attitude the company’s workers displayed, and whether they arrived on time each day, did their work, and left on time as well. After all, if you’ve taken time off work to be at home during this time, it’s important that they stick to their schedule!
Another good tip to find the right painting company – if you’re driving around and spot a house that’s being renovated, and it looks good – take note of the sign outside.
Check The Painting Company’s Response Time
A good way to assess whether a painting company is a well-run business that takes their work seriously, is to contact them by mail or on their business Facebook page.
Anyone can answer a phone call – but a professional company expects to be contacted on other channels. They will be prepared for it, and be able to help you promptly.
A good contractor doesn’t just do quality work, they should also be capable of clear communication. You don’t want to hire someone who is unenthusiastic, burnt out and jaded. You also want to be 100% sure that your instructions are understood.
Ask the Painters What Could Go Wrong
Not every job goes swimmingly – some things are just out of our control. The same applies to painting companies as well. For example, adverse weather conditions can affect the length of a painting project, or a supplier running out of the right kind of paint. It’s South Africa – anything can happen!
Some previous customers may blame a painting contractor for problems out of their control. A lot of negative feedback is a sign that you should probably stay away from a particular contractor, but complaints can be taken with a grain of salt.
Ask the painting company you’re thinking of hiring about things that could go wrong. An honest and professional painting company will tell you about worst-case scenarios and what they will do to prevent or mitigate them.
Ask For a Free Quote
A fly-by-night, inexperienced painter won’t want to come to your home or business to assess and give free quotes. Why not, you ask? Because they won’t want to “waste” their resources on coming out to you, and they also won’t want you to know too much about them before they get hired for the job.
A professional painting company will probably have a branded vehicle, large enough to carry workers and equipment. They will want to display this to potential customers as part of your assurance that they’re professionals.
A professional painting company will be able to quote on all aspects of the job, and be honest with you. For example, if you have damaged walls due to damp and mildew, good painting contractors will tell you that underlying structural damage might have to be addressed first before damp proof painting your walls.
Finding a skilled, reliable painting contractor when there’s a lot of competition can seem like a daunting task – but just take it one step at a time, use your information resources, use your common sense and go with your gut instincts. A contractor’s work can add great value to your property, so make sure you invest in the best!
Call WB Paint Projects today for an obligation-free quote. No job too big or small, we paint it all.