Be Aware of Who You Hire
Hiring a professional to help you with a job, no matter what that job may be, is a process. You have to make sure that they are able to provide the services that you need, can work around your schedule, and, most importantly, offer professional work at a price point that won’t break the bank. With all of these factors to consider, it’s no surprise that many people struggle with finding the help that they need to make sure that their needs are met. Luckily, we here at Fresh Paint help to take the hassle out of getting a painting quote and match Vancouver residents with professional contractors that are able to handle their project with ease. However, just because we match you with a painter does not mean that you don’t need to do your due diligence and make sure that they are the right fit for you. In today’s post, we are going to continue to go over some essential questions that you should ask your contractor to make sure that they are able to meet the needs that you have.
Question 3: Can I trust your crew in my home?
Even though this might seem like an awkward subject to bring up with your painting contractor, it is still a question that needs to be asked. As we mentioned in our previous post, some contractors will hire subcontractors for a job instead of keeping employees of their own. This helps to cut down on costs for the contractor but it also means that the contractor may not know their workers as well as they should. In cases where subcontractors are hired, background checks may or may not have been completed, meaning that the people that are going to be spending time in your home or business may not be properly vetted. To make sure that your contractor has done their best to make sure their crew is reputable, ask for the name of the company that provides their background checks or ask for examples of the reports that these companies provide. If they cannot provide these reports or are evasive in their answers about their crew, you may want to avoid hiring the contractor.
Question 4: What materials do you use?
If you are taking the time to find a professional painter, you want to make sure that the materials they are going to use to paint your home are of the highest quality. The quality of materials, such as brushes, rollers, and the type of paint that is used, can affect the way the end result looks and how long the paint job lasts. In addition to the obvious items, be sure to check all other materials that may be used on your job in order to make sure that you are not paying someone a premium price for a subpar job. If you want to make sure that your contractor uses the best materials possible, specify the types of materials that you want to be used. This will remove any question about the quality of materials because you will know exactly what the contractor is using.
Question 5: What training do your employees go through?
As we’ve mentioned multiple times in this series, it is in your best interest to hire a contractor that has actual employees and doesn’t rely on subcontractors. If the contractor you hire only uses sub contractors, they have no control over the training that the subcontractors received. Like any profession, painting is an important aspect of a professional paint job and affects the end result of the paint job, the time it takes to complete the job, and the amount of materials that must be used. If a contractor uses employes that they have personally trained, they will almost always deliver a better result than contractors that hope the subcontractors they have hired know what they are doing.
Thank you for taking the time to read our short blog series on the questions you should ask your painting contractor before agreeing to let them handle your project. At Fresh Paint, we eliminate the need for many of these questions by pairing you with a curated list of painting contractors in the Vancouver that have been vetted by us. To learn more about our services and to get your free painting quote, please visit our website today.