03 Feb What are your expectations?
- Make your expectations for your project very clear to your contractor.
- Listen carefully to his response on what he can deliver as a painting contractor. Problems can arise when a contractor says one thing, and the homeowner hears another.
- Get a detailed estimate in writing.
- Understand that contractors will try to produce perfect work. Still, a flawless wall can be challenging to achieve. Sheetrock can have some minor imperfections, and getting it flawless will cost time and money. Ask about the company’s prep work before they start painting.
- If you stand inches away from the wall, you’ll likely see a flaw. However, most walls aren’t typically looked at that closely. We always suggest to clients that they stand in the center of the room to view the final product.
- Once you’ve spoken with your contractor, you can better understand whether your expectations are realistic.
- Comparing Estimates:
- Ask each contractor how long it will take to complete the project.
- Ask when they can start.
- You could ask how many people on the crew.
- What paint brand will be used and how many coats?
- Will there be any repairs they will make?
Cheaper isn’t always better:
- Both the contractor and you need to understand the scope work to be completed.
- What is the reputation of the company?
- Ask about insurance.
Mike Katounas is the owner of Home Works Painting, a painting business in Northern Virginia. He has over 15 years of experience in residential interior and exterior painting, drywall installation/repair, carpentry, wallpaper removal, power washing, commercial painting, color consultation, and staining/sealing. Their service areas include Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Oakton, Reston. Mike takes pride in his work, and he always follows a strict code of conduct that includes the use of quality paint, a clean workspace, and an honest, respectful approach to his customers.