Most homeowners assume that all is well if they follow the typical advice provided for hiring a painting contractor:
- Get 3 bids
- Check past references
- Inspect completed work
This is good basic advice, and worth doing; but it often is not enough to prevent you from getting burned. The cursory background check just does not do enough to prevent serious, but entirely avoidable cost, schedule and quality problems.
To avoid headaches down the road, more work is required before and during the hiring process. Ultimately, the more you know, the better and more detailed your overall plan, the lower your risk. Set aside the time to prepare properly and avoid these five contractor hiring errors:
1. Loose Job Requirements
If you do not know exactly what you want done and cannot explain your quality expectations, you are vulnerable to a multitude of serious problems. Do not begin the hiring process until you know exactly what you want – and have your requirements in writing.
2. Using the Contractor’s Contract
It is your money, so use a contract that protects you. Make sure the contract details all materials to be installed, work to be performed, quality checks, payment requirements and how changes will be handled.
3. No Change Order Process
Don’t let changes throw your project & budget into chaos. Make sure your written contract is crystal clear about how changes to the project are made and how cost and schedule changes are approved.
Do not let your contractor be the middleman for purchasing materials. Never pay for work that isn’t completed to the quality standards you included in the contract.
5. Unverified Credentials
Understand your contractor’s license history and reputation with knowledgeable home professionals in your community.
By using Homespree to hire a painter, you can avoid many of these issues. Homespree completes a thorough background check on all contractors within its network, in addition to providing solid work requirements and contracts.