Stop – Before you hire a painter, you NEED to ask them these questions!

A Few Things You Should Ask Your Contract Painter

If you’re hiring a painter that you’ve never used before, it is important to have some kind of assurance that they can properly do the job that you are hiring them to do. Many homeowners in Toronto however, might not know where to start in ascertaining this information. The following guide can help you to ask the right questions so that you can have peace of mind about the person you hire to paint your home.


Does your work come with a written warranty?

When it comes to something as important as your home you don’t want to be left without a warranty. Your painter should offer you a minimum of a one year warranty. This will get your paint job through all four seasons of potential deterioration.

Are you cleared by WSIB?

If the person that you hire does not have a clearance certificate from WSIB, it means that if they get hurt on the job, you and your home insurance will be liable not only for their medical costs but also for current and future wages.

How much liability insurance do you have?

Your painter’s liability insurance covers damage that might be done to your home (eg. Damaged flooring due to a paint spill). You should look for a painter that has at least $1 million in coverage (although $5 million is preferable.)

How many years have you been in business?

Years in business not only speaks to experience but it is also a sign of having many satisfied clients. The longer your painter has been in business, the better.

Do you have references?

Ideally, you want to hire a painter with current references (within the past year) as well as older ones (within the past three to five years).

Do you have a criminal record?

As you are going to be allowing this person into your home, it’s important to know whether they have a criminal record. This can be done online through the Toronto Police Service or you can ask your painter to see their Clearance Badge.

May I see your portfolio?

A painter who is proud of their work should always be happy to show you some before and after photos of previous jobs.

Do you have a local business address?

A reputable business should always have a local address – and NOT just a phone number and email address.

What will your approximate start and finish times be?

These should be stated clearly as part of the written contract.

What type of paint will be used?

You should only allow a painter to use high quality paints in your home. It’s also a good idea that they be Low VOC (volatile organic compound) as these are the best both for the environment and the health of those living in your home.If you have any other questions for your painter, be sure to ask those as well. If they seem reluctant to answer or defensive, it’s probably a sign to look for someone else. Any painter worth hiring will be open and honest with their answers.

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