How To Choose a Contractor

Anyone hiring contractors over the years will tell you there can be a huge difference in the quality of work from different companies. Hiring the right contractor is the most important decision you’ll make for your remodeling / repainting project. Identifying the one who best fits your needs will save you time, effort, and even money in the long run. 

When searching for and hiring a painting contractor, make sure you find one who has these important qualifications:

• Licensed and insured –One of the most important things you can do when choosing a contractor is to make sure the one you select has a state-issued license, general liability insurance, and workers’ compensation insurance. It’s absolutely critical that a contractor has the necessary insurance and licenses, and a reputable one will have all of these proper documents. Remember, it protects them and any workers they may have on site, as well as you and your home.

• Professionalism – When first meeting with the contractor, make sure they make a professional impression. Do they return your phone calls in a timely manner? Were they punctual for your initial appointment? Was their appearance professional and presentable? 

Does the painting company have direct employees, meaning they receive a paycheck from the contractor, or are they considered subcontractors? If they are direct employees, the contractor’s workers’ compensation and general liability insurance policies should cover them.

• Online presence – Most serious professionals today have a business website and even a social media presence (facebook, google, etc.) This demonstrates a long-term commitment to their business, and a connection and engagement with their community. 

This also helps you search online for reviews from previous customers–another thing we strongly suggest and encourage from our own customers!

• Clear estimates and fair payment policies – Make sure the contractor puts the scope of the project, materials they will use, and amount of prep work in a written contract–not on the back of business card or scribbled onto a scrap of paper. A professional painting contractor provides their clients with written contracts and specifications.

And never pay up front! A down payment of 10% is an acceptable deposit for starting the work and making the contract legal.

Price is naturally a concern, but getting the lowest price shouldn’t be your first or only consideration. You want to get someone with skill, experience, and a strong work ethic. That probably won’t be the individual with the lowest bid. But it doesn’t need to be the highest bid, either. Just make sure not to hire on price alone–look at the whole picture. 

• Knowledgeable – A professional painting contractor keeps up with the latest products and techniques. They will have suggestions for colors and finishes and be knowledgeable about the latest trends. Experience counts. Find out which brand of paint they will use.

Choose wisely. It’s important–when choosing a contractor, do your homework! The time you spend finding the right contractor will pay big dividends in the long-run when you are enjoying the work they did for years to come.

Call us for a free estimate. If you are in the market for a painting contractor, we’d like to show you what Legacy Painting can offer. Owner Kevin Calmes is the only accredited member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) in Oklahoma. He serves as the Midwest Chapter PDCA President for the regional area covering Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas. 

Accreditation in the PDCA means that Legacy Painting has met stringent qualifications and has agreed to abide by the best practices. We hope this provides peace of mind and confidence for those who are considering Legacy Painting as their contractor!