How to Distinguish the Best Painting Contractors from the Worst

Here are some useful tips and advice to follow, that will help you separate the best painters and contractors from the worst contractors for your home.

Hiring a painting contractor is a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is not simply finding people who know how to use a paint brush and roller; it is about finding a full house painting service that can handle all of the details from filling and sanding, to caulking, and then priming and painting. These tips should help guide you in your search for the ideal house painting service in your area, while giving you the tools to spot the poor contractors.


C. Jeanne Heida wrote “How to Choose a Good Painting Contractor” to point out ways to separate the best painters from the sub par ones.She also talked about how to spot sloppy work when checking contractors’ previous jobs, as well as the best way to take bids from the contractors you like. The most important piece of information she gives is to check references and referrals.

 How to Find the Best Painters

In order to begin your search, you can contact contractors on your own and then do follow-up research. In this case you will want to check on the Internet for reviews, ask the contractors for referrals or references, and check with your local courthouse and the Better Business Bureau to see if any lawsuits or severe complaints were made about the contractor in question.

While doing research from scratch is effective, it may be easier to find house painting services through recommendations. If you have relatives, coworkers, or friends who recently hired a painting contractor, you can ask them about their experience with the company and if they’d recommend their services. At this point you can also ask them if you can see the work that was done. Doing this will allow you to see what the contractor can do, first hand.

 What to Look for When Examining a Contractor’s Work

When examining a painting contractor’s work, be sure to look out for certain things. Here is a list of things that may be the sign of poor house painting services:

  • ·         Uneven paint surfaces
  • ·         Damage/stray paint on surrounding areas or hardware
  • ·         Paint drips/sags
  • ·         Early flecking
  • ·         Improper sanding or prep work
  • ·         Unfilled holes
  • ·         Unwanted texture on surfaces
  • ·         Windows/doors painted shut

By checking for these issues, you will gain the proper knowledge you need to separate the best painters from the whole pool of house painting services.

While we serve Fort Collins, CO as well as Loveland, CO, Longmont, CO, Greeley, CO, and all of northern Colorado, this advice is universal and can be used anywhere.

 (Article excerpt and image from “How to Choose a Good Painting Contractor”)

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