Questions to Ask a Professional Painter Before Hiring

Ask a Professional Painter

Ask your contract painter a few questions

You can probably ascertain from all of the local painting blog posts that there are tons of so-called “professional painters” in Ontario. If you don’t feel confident in your own abilities, you might feel the need to hire one of these professionals to help you with your painting project.

Whether it’s your house, office, or commercial building that needs painted, you have a lot of contractors to choose from – and not all of them are trustworthy. There are certain questions you should be asking these painters to determine which ones really are professional and reliable:

Do you offer liability insurance for your clients?

If an accident occurs on your property, you don’t want to get stuck paying for repairs. You especially don’t want to get stuck paying legal and hospital fees if the painter becomes injured somehow. Liability insurance is a must. If you are going through a company, make sure that they individual insure each of their painters. Ask for proof. You should receive a copy of their insurance certificate.

How much experience do you have?

As with any type of professional you have to deal with, you’ll want a painter who has been in business for a while.  Ask any company you are considering if they work with sub-contractors, and if so, inquire about their hiring practices. How much experience do they expect sub-contractors to have?

Do you have references?

A reliable painter will be able to show you proof that they have completed projects similar to your own. If you need a bathroom painted, for instance, you should be shown proof that the painter you are interested in has painted bathrooms before. You should also do a criminal background check on a contractor before inviting him/her into your home. If you are going through a painting company, ask about their hiring practices and have them give you a guarantee that they are very thorough with their employee background checks.

What kind of paint do you use?

The quality of paint is an extremely important consideration. It’s recommended that you only work with painters that work with low VOC paints. Volatile Organic Compound paints are ideal, as they are environmentally-friendly and safe for use indoors. The paint should also be from a reputable brand.

Can you show me your portfolio?

Every professional painter should have a portfolio. It helps to view pictures of a painter’s past work to determine his or her level of quality and experience. When viewing the photos, look closely to see if there are any noticeable flaws, such as messy lines in corners and colours not blending well.

Do you keep a clean work place?

Painting can be messy. The last thing you want is paint splattering all over your carpet and furniture. Experienced contractors understand the importance of keeping a home or office neat and clean.

What all is included in the estimate?

You need to have a clear understanding of what the estimate covers. Will the prep work be included? Some painters don’t take the time to properly prep walls. When walls are properly prepared, cracking and peeling may occur. If an estimate seems low, there is a chance that it does not include prep work. Other reasons for a low estimate may include cheap paint and tools and inexperience.

If you don’t take the time to ask painting companies these questions, you could end up with a poorly painted house or office. This will cost you even more money in the long run for repairs – if not a whole new paint job a lot sooner than you would like.