5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Painting Contractor for Your Greater Boston Home

Hiring a painting contractor is essentially a job in itself. To ensure you receive high-quality service, you must do your due diligence by researching contractors in your area, collecting estimates appropriately, and communicating clearly with qualified companies. Neglecting these vital steps can prove to be costly for you in the long run. To help you ensure that your Boston home is cared for by a knowledgeable company, review these critical mistakes to avoid when hiring a contractor for interior painting services.

Getting A Single Estimate Before Deciding on a Contractor

It can be challenging to shop around for several estimates for an accurate idea of what pricing is available in your locale, yet, this is not a step that you should speed through or skip. Settling for the first bid you are offered can prove to be disastrous for your home interior, as oftentimes, the quality is equivalent to the price. If you decide to proceed with the lowest offer simply because it is inexpensive, you may be inviting future problems into your home.

Low bids can be indicative of the painter’s ability to provide quality work. Why? If the contractor is not asking for a suitable payment, this likely means that they are cutting corners to maintain a modest price. Low-quality paints, sub-par equipment, and careless techniques are all characteristic of companies that operate in this manner. This will inevitably lead to the need to redo the interior painting job, ultimately making the hire more expensive than you expected. To avoid service like this, you must take the necessary time to research contractors in your area and collect more than one bid for an accurate perspective on pricing.


Forgetting to Ask About Licensing and Certifications

Licensing and Certifications

When you are looking to hire an experienced painting company to rejuvenate your home's aesthetics, you do not want to settle for just anyone. Massachusetts may or may not require that all painting contractors be licensed to offer their services commercially. This depends on the municipality in which the painter is working, so check your local legislation to verify what criteria the contractor must fulfill to legally paint your home's interior.

Regardless of their licensing status, all painting contractors are required to register with the state of Massachusetts. Ensure that they are registered by entering information such as the contractor’s name, the name of the painting company, or the registration number into the Massachusetts registration database, offered by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Doing so may save you the trouble of insurance mishaps, if an unregistered contractor damages something in your home or becomes injured on the job.

(Remember to be clear with your contractor when doing this. The best way to approach this step is to ask whether they are licensed and registered. Request the appropriate numbers for verification as well. Reputable Boston interior painters should have no problem providing this information.)


Not Asking About Insurance

Painting contractors should always have multiple insurance policies that protect you, themselves, and their employees. Hiring a company without insurance is a risk that may cost you thousands of dollars if anyone is hurt or your property is damaged during the project. Typically, painting contractors should have:

  • Liability Insurance: If the contractor damages your furniture or any other belongings in the home as they work, you will not be expected to cover the incurred costs. You can file a claim for property damage to secure compensation and have your belongings replaced or repaired with relatively little stress
  • Worker’s compensation insurance: Interior painting often requires the use of specialized equipment and ladders. These tools allow painters to access hard-to-reach areas of your home; however, they are risky to use. If any of the painters fall and injure themselves on the job, you will not have to worry about being sued. The company's worker's compensation will cover any accidental injuries, relieving you of any surprise expenditures

Your chosen painting company is also legally required to be bonded. This means that the contractor holds a surety bond, a financial agreement that holds them accountable to an ethical commercial performance as outlined by the contract. If they cause any financial losses to you, as the homeowner, the contractor will be obligated to reimburse these costs.


Failing to Communicate the Project Details

Project Details

One of the most expensive (or most disappointing) mistakes you can make when hiring a painting contractor is neglecting to provide the company with the project's full scope. Contractors offer estimates based on the details you provide. If you fail to outline everything that needs to be done when painting the interior of your home, you may end up surprised at the additional costs if you end up needing to add things on.

Further, the failure to inform your contractor can lead to disappointment in the finished product, especially if you neglected to advise them of specific preparation tasks. For example, if there is any rotting wood or peeling paint, these issues will need to be addressed with specific repair or removal work. If the contractor is unaware of the state of your home surfaces, however, this work will not be done, which may lead to more problems arising in the future.


Not Securing the Contract in Writing

When you finally settle on the company that is best suited to serve your home, you must get the contract in writing. This is vital to your legal protection when moving forward with the commissioned work. Without a written contract, you risk your legal safety regarding insurance concerns, namely in the form of property damages and injuries. Further, the contract will outline all the essential details of the project in question.

The document will list information such as:

  • Estimated project timeline
  • Selected paint colors
  • Payment and work schedule
  • Required materials

Hiring a high-quality painting contractor is a lot of work. When this process is handled with care, you can ensure that the job will be completed successfully and to your expectations, relieving you of costly inconveniences in the future.

Vera Watson
 

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