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The Top 3 Things to Consider When Selecting a House Painting Contractor

Aug 15, 2008
In a world where everything centers around time and money, it is no wonder that most people are interested in finding the most inexpensive house painting contractor that also offers the fastest service. What could be better than a speedy and inexpensive house painting service, right?

Well, as I'm sure you have discovered by this point in your life, what sounds great in theory does not always have such a promising outcome.

To illustrate this point I have created a list of the top 3 things to consider when selecting a contractor to paint your home. In addition, I have listed with each tip, what the possible outcome might be if you do not pay attention to these details.

Are you ready?

Ok, class is now in session so pay close attention

1. To Cheap To Be True?

Let me ask you a question. Do you ever remember hearing the timeless old slogan "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."? Well, I would be the first person to admit that I have always been the last person to give any mind to this slogan. However, when it comes to hiring a house painting contractor I have learned the hard way that this slogan holds a great deal of validity in this matter.


Well for a number of reasons, all of which I will not go into here; however, I will state the most important reason. Whether it be exterior house painting or interior, the process requires a great deal of time, focused attention to detail, and professional workmanship. It is simply impossible to do an A++ job in a very small time period. It takes patience from both parties; the contractor as well as the home owner.

When considering a contractor for the job, do not base your final decision on how cheap the person/company is. Rather, be leery of anyone offering a price to cheap to be true.

2. Unbelievable Deadline

In many areas in life, the faster you can get things done, the better. That being said, it is only natural that you would be hooked and reeled in by a painter who promises to have your entire home painted within a very short period of time.

Here is a rule of thumb for this topic. If it sounds like an unbelievable deadline, run away as fast as you can.

Though the house painting contractor may be able to meet his self-proclaimed deadline, you will likely have major problems down the line.

This is because the painter is probably cutting corners in order to meet this deadline. When a painter cuts necessary corners, you are the one who ultimately pays for it.

3. References, References, and More References

Any house painting contractor that is worthy of your business will have a very large list of satisfied customers. Furthermore, these customers should be so satisfied with the job they received that they are more than willing to be used as a reference.

What this means to you is that when you ask the prospective contractor for references they should not offer a moments hesitation to hand over some very quality references. In fact, most quality painters will not wait for you to ask for their references. They will be so confident with their abilities that they come right out and offer their list of satisfied customers to you for your inspection.

The point here is that if the person/company you are considering for the job has a traceable history of providing quality work, chances are you will also receive top notch service.

In conclusion, you should always use these top 3 items as a means of determining the worth of anybody bidding for your house painting job. If they smell fishy, throw them back; however, if they check out by these standards, you certainly have a great chance of scoring high quality work.
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