How to Hire a Qualified Painting Contractor

Riddle Painting and Coating has been providing commercial and industrial painting across the state of Arizona for over thirty years. Over that thirty year span, we have proudly built a great reputation, as we work hard to exceed the expectations of our clients by providing the highest quality services in interior and exterior painting. No matter how simple or complex the project, we specialize in getting the job done right, the first time.

Using a qualified painting contractor takes the stress out of painting. But, how do you determine what makes a qualified painting contractor, in what seems to be an endless sea of contractors. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. While competition is good, there are unfortunately far too many self-serving contractors out there, who simply do not have your best interests in mind or who do not have the proper licensing or insurance.

Here are a few tips on how to pick a qualified painting contractor:

Get Recommendations

Ask your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors for qualified painting contractor recommendations based on their past experiences. You can also contact the local trade organizations in your area for names of neighboring members. Running a simple internet search should turn up some viable contractors as well. Be sure to check the Better Business Bureau in Arizona for contractor ratings.

Get Three Estimates

We cannot stress enough the importance of getting estimates from at least three qualified painting contractors. Remember, qualified in this case, means licensed, bonded, and insured. To compare estimates, ask every contractor to break down the cost of materials, labor, and other expenses. While a deposit for materials is common, you should run away from any contractor asking for full payment before starting the job.

Check Licensing

A qualified painting contractor should be licensed. And their license should be in good standing. It really is that simple. You’ll want to visit the Contractors State License board to make sure the contractor’s license is in good standing. This will also provide you with their bond information. If a company doesn’t have a license, don’t even consider hiring them. Being licensed is a requirement in the state of Arizona.

Ask for References

Get a least three references from previous customers. Ask the estimator for those phone numbers so that you can call and ask about their experiences. Some good questions to ask include: “Did they show up on time?” “Were the painters clean and courteous on the job site?” “Would you use them again given the opportunity?” Asking questions of this nature allows you to get a good feel on what type of contractor they are.

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