It can be challenging to find the best painter. Take these suggestions from Business 101 and use them to hire the right painter. Think of yourself as a business, and you need to employ a painter. You are the manager, and the painter is your subordinate. It is common for painting contractors to take a job and act as if they are the boss and tell you what you can or can’t do. You must establish the relationship you want to have with your contractor from the start; you are in charge. There are numerous tales of woe concerning contractors, where they fail to make a timely appearance, the work is not meeting deadlines, and the cost of the work is unjustly increased in the middle of the job. You must behave as though you are a company. Develop your business (painting) plan, hire a reputable contractor for the work, insist on a contract that both you and the Contractor can agree on, and keep track of how things are progressing. This clarifies the expectations and facilitates the completion of the job.
This detailed plan will be very effective in getting the painting job underway. It is in your best interest to do some research before you even talk to a painting contractor; you should outline what you want to have done and what the going rates are for the desired work. You may want to come up with an actual quotation on your own, but be realistic. It is important to keep in mind that you are not creating a budget; you are coming up with a cost analysis.
Once this step is completed, set completion dates for each part of the job. You should have a general idea of the length of time needed to complete the entire job, but separating it into parts will help your contractor to stay on schedule if he or she agrees to it. When you are taking bids and interviewing potential contractors, showing them the schedule you have in mind will let them know what your expectations are. You may be unrealistic in your time assessments, but you will have a better idea of what you can expect when you get feedback from your proposed time line. If you can have them establish line items for the job, that is very helpful. If they refuse to give it consideration, rethink your decision to contract them for the project.
Have you ever heard of a prospective employee giving his or her future boss a contract as a condition of employment? It’s very doubtful you ever have if you were employed by another person. When you are hired to a position, your employer’s representative has you sign a contract. You don’t often have many options if you disagree with the terms of the contract. You need to keep in mind that you are the boss when you pay a painting contractor to do a job for you, but they are the ones that come up with the contract. However, you can still modify the contract before you sign your name on the dotted line. If the contractor refuses to amend it to your specifications, find another painter.
Few companies will hire the first person that comes along and is interviewed. At least, not companies that are still operating. However, people will commonly hire the first contractor they speak with for the project. Be sure you get bids from and speak at length with no fewer than three painting contractors before you hire one, even if you really like one of the first two you interview.A final suggestion. Do some online research. The majority of the companies that provide painting contractors have online reviews that previous clients have posted. These reviews are very important for their business’ success. Check on sites like Yahoo Local, Google Local, or Kudzu.com for reviews on these painting companies. When you interview a painting contractor, make them aware that you have seen these reviews. Mention the great review you saw and the site you found it on, and offer to write a review on their work after the job is completed. This should motivate them to do high quality work.