When it comes to hiring a Florida painting contractor, getting advice from professional painters is one of the best things you can do. As professional painters serving customers in Jacksonville, Tampa and neighboring areas since 2001, the first piece of advice we can offer is not to be too price-driven when looking for a contractor.
Proper wall preparation, which takes a lot of time and knowledge, and adequate paint application techniques for each project, which involve a lot of training and experience, coupled with high-quality materials that deliver long-lasting results can be quite expensive, but well worth it. After all, a nice, well-done paint job can enhance the curb appeal and resale value of any building, home or apartment.
Since the painting contractor you intend to select will have a major impact on the final result as well as other important aspects of a painting project, below are five questions you should ask to find out exactly who you’re hiring.
- Are you insured?
Hiring a painting contractor who has no general liability insurance, worker’s compensation and professional liability insurance is equivalent to a lawsuit waiting to happen. To verify if a contractor is insured, ask for copies of insurance certificates. Then, contact the insurance company to double check certificates’ validity. If you enlist the services of a contractor who has no insurance, you could be held liable for any damages and injuries that may occur during the paint job.
- Are you licensed?
Proper licensing is a plus when it comes to trusting your business or home to a painting contractor. One way to find out about the licensing requirements in Florida is to get in touch with the consumer protection agency in your area. Also, you can check if a painting contactor is licensed by accessing Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s website. Membership to organizations like Better Business Bureau (BBB) also demonstrates that the contractor is really committed to his trade.
- Do you provide any warranty?
A respectable painting contractor will provide a warranty not only for the materials used but also for the work performed. Though quality issues rarely occur when a paint job is done by our professionals, we’ll supply all the materials and labor necessary to correct any paint failure due to defective materials or poor workmanship, at no extra cost.
- Will you be using subcontractors?
Many painting companies hire subcontractors to complete their projects. That’s something we never do at Performance Painting Contractors. As a subcontractor may be tempted to cut corners in order to get the job done quickly, for the quote provided, hiring subcontractors may negatively impact the quality of work as well as the safety of your home and belongings. Instead, we hire our own employees and train them continuously to ensure the highest level of knowledge, skill, quality craftsmanship and customer service. In addition, having a team of fully trained and qualified painters can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, eliminate errors and rework, and ensure consistent, high-quality results along with on-time completion of projects.
- Are you involved in the community?
Though some may argue that community involvement isn’t important when hiring a painting contractor, it indicates not only that the contractor really cares about the community he belongs to and about the people he works for but also that he provides the best in quality work.
Unfortunately, anyone with a business card and a paintbrush can call himself a painting contractor nowadays. Many people who choose the lowest estimate without considering other aspects fall victims to these unscrupulous “professionals.” One thing you should bear in mind when looking for a painting contractor is that, as with anything else in life, you get what you pay for.
With more than 15 years in the painting industry, at Performance Painting Contractors we’ve proven our professionalism, reliability and stability, which brought us a great reputation. To find out details about our company and the work we do, or to get a free painting consultation and estimate, we invite you to contact our professionals, who are dedicated to personalizing your painting experience and turning your vision into reality.