You go with the cheapest painter
Sometimes the cheapest option is not always the best. Getting your home or business painted can be an expensive project, but sometimes, pinching pennies means corners get cut. Often, when people choose the cheapest option, they are hiring an inexperienced painter, or a painter that will do a sub-par job in order to keep costs low. A lower price could mean cheaper materials are used which results in your needing to redo the project sooner than if you used higher quality materials that last.
To avoid that, you want to make sure the company explains in detail what they are charging you for. A written estimate is very important to shine light on what you are actually paying for. Sometimes, paying a little extra is the difference between a professional paint job that lasts and a never-ending headache.
You don’t get a written contract for the job
Speaking of getting the project details in writing, it is very important to get a written contract before the job starts. A written contract should outline the expectations and specifics of the job. Getting the details of the job in writing before starting, means everyone is on the same page and expectations are set. If something goes wrong or you feel that the job was not done the way you were promised, the written contract will prevent you from having a “he said, she said” conversation which is very frustrating especially when you are paying a lot of money for the project.
The company is not insured and does not have a warranty
Not only do you want to have a clear idea of what work the company will be doing, you also want to make sure they are insured and have a warranty. Too often, you see people leaving reviews that say a company painted their home or business less than a year ago and the paint is already peeling, and the company refuses to fix it. A company’s warranty should guarantee the quality of the craftsmanship and explain what they will do to amend a project should it not live up to their expectations.
A company should also be fully insured. This means you are not responsible should an employee get injured when completing a project on your property. This insurance should also cover any repairs, replacements, or damage done to your property. Mistakes can happen when painting a house, what distinguishes a good painting company from a bad one is how they fix the mistakes.
There is a lack of communication between you and the painting company
Customers expect good communication with a professional painting company. Nothing is more frustrating than prepping your home or business to be painted on a certain day and the paint crew not showing up or showing up unprepared. A reasonable expectation when working with a painting company is for the project manager to respond to your inquiry or problem within 24 hours and for the paint crew to complete the project in a reasonable time frame.
Good communication is key to a good paint job.
Not researching the company before hiring them
These days, it is easier than ever to research companies before hiring them. Google Reviews are a great place to start. The Better Business Bureau is also another great resource to see if a company is trust-worthy and professional. Actions speak louder than words. Taking 20 minutes to see what other people are saying about a painting professional can save you hours of trouble later.
You hire an inexperienced painter
Along the same lines as our previous point, hiring a new painting company comes with its own risks. The newer the company, the less of a reputation a company has. This means it is more difficult to discern whether the company is trustworthy and professional. This does not mean that you can’t hire a new painting company. Every company was brand new at some point, but it means you need to be extra diligent. It becomes even more important to get a written contract, verify they are insured, and make sure they have a warranty before hiring them.
You pay for the work before it is finished
If a painting company asks for full payment before the job is finished, this is a red flag. You should ensure the work is done and done correctly before paying for the whole job. If a company tries to convince you otherwise, you may want to walk away. The last thing you want is for a company to take your money and not finish a job.
At TECC Painting, we strive to be the most professional and trust-worthy painters in the industry. We ensure our work is of the highest quality. We are fully insured and guarantee our quality of work. We finish our projects on time and ensure a thorough clean up afterward. Every project has a written contract, and the project managers are available to answer any and all of your questions. If something is not to your standards, we will work to fix the problem. We train our painters in house and expect all crew members to be respectful to you and your property. We have over 40 years of residential and commercial painting experience and are family owned.