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Golden Tips To Finding The Right Painting Contractor

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Jeff Peterson

After settling into your new area, you discover that you need a good painting contractor. It can be hard at first. But, you may find a fantastic one in the following list.

Make sure you have not inadvertantly become an employeer to a subcontractor. This would force you to pay workers compensation and carry insurance. Be wary of independent painting contractors that cannot provide proof of workers compensation and insurance.

A good painting contractor is not only knowledgeable about their particular area of expertise but also has a good working knowledge of all the other aspects that make up your job. Hire a painting contractor that understands every aspect of the project. This will save you time and money.

Interior designers can be a great source to find a painting contractor. Designers work hand in hand with all kinds of painting contractors and could give you advice on which one to choose.

Be practical when you talk with your painting contractor. It is better to hear that a painting contractor is upfront and telling you that they can't meet your expectations than to get with a painting contractor that promises the moon but can't deliver. If more than one painting contractor is telling you that it can't be done you can bet they are right.

Specifically detail that any changes in cost or scope must be approved by you. This can stop any payment problems in the future.

Is your painting contractor willing to provide you with a lien release? Lien releases can protect you from having a lien placed on you or your property due to a painting contractor not paying for materials that were used on your project. Even if you pay the painting contractor there is no guarantee they will pay their suppliers.

Talk to all persons involved in the project. Make sure you trust each one. Do not let a single hammer be lifted until a contract is signed.

Schedule a meeting with your painting contractor at least once a week. Have it in the contract to make the weekly meeting a required part of their job description. If you have a set appointment with the painting contractor it will be harder for them to make excuses about why they cannot meet with you.

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