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Contracted Painter: Establishing Communication Lines

Sep 8, 2008
It can be difficult to find someone to paint your home's exterior that you feel you can trust to complete the job at a professional level. You might like one painter more than the others, but you may still be wondering if they are being completely up front with you. One way to find out is to ask them all of the questions that you have on your mind with regards to the project, if they provide you with satisfactory answers that you feel are truthful, you will feel more comfortable in moving forward with hiring them.

When you interview a paint contractor, you should establish the lines of communication from the beginning. Let the contractor know exactly what you are looking for and what you expect from them. This will help ensure that there won't be any major surprises or miscommunications down the road when the home painting is already nearing completion. This will also help avoid unnecessary stress that could develop for you or the paint contractor throughout the house painting. If you feel uncertain about the legitimacy of the paint contractor, request that all of the home painting terms you discussed be put in writing. Even if you are completely confident that the paint contractor is being up front and honest with you, it is still a good idea to get the project terms in writing just to safeguard you, your home and your money. Putting everything in writing and making sure both you and the contracted painter have a copy of the contract can help avoid any miscommunications as well.

Once you have established communications with the contractor and have decided to hire them for the job, don't end communications and leave them to the job. Make a point to talk with them throughout the home painting. This will keep you informed on the house painting and also will reassure you that the job is being completed to your specifications. This will also give you a good idea if the contracted painter is keeping to the defined completion schedule. Communicating throughout the process will also give the paint contractor a chance to voice anything that is their mind, something that may not happen otherwise for fear that they would be intruding or bothering you.

Communication is the key to any healthy relationship and this holds true with you and your paint contractor as well. Some people have the tendency to hire a contracted painter and then leave them to their work, without fully discussing the project terms or what they would like to see in the outcome of the house painting. When the project is complete, the home owner is then angered to find out something was not completed to their liking, but the contractor is also then frustrated because this detail was never discussed with them. Establish communication lines, get the terms in writing and then continue communication until the job is completed. This will save everyone the headache of misunderstandings and can establish a positive relationship with a paint contractor you would like to hire again in the future.
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