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How to Find a Contractor for Your Exterior Painting Job

There are many reasons that you would choose a contractor for your exterior painting job; lack of time or a large house are two of the biggest reasons. Of course, hiring someone to do this job is probably going to be more expensive than that of doing it yourself, but depending on your circumstances, it may be well worth the money. Choosing a contractor can be difficult, but if you take these points into consideration, your choice could be a lot simpler.

Signs of a good exterior painting contractor

The first sign of a good exterior painting contractor is how quickly they respond to your initial inquiry. If you have to call more than once, or if you've left messages that haven't been returned, you probably look elsewhere. Another sign of a good contractor is that they won't give you an estimate until they have seen the job. When you do get your estimate, it will be in writing and state specifically what is included with the job. A good contractor's estimate includes things like preparing the surface of the house; scraping, sanding, re-caulking doors and windows, and power washing the house all should be included in the estimate. The estimate will also specify, in writing, the time it will take the contractor to complete the job. One more question to ask before you commit is what kind of equipment they use. Those who use paint sprayers are able to work faster, thus labor costs are less. If they only use brushes, it will take longer and labor will be higher.

Where to find a good exterior painting contractor

An excellent place to find good exterior painting contractors is with your friends and neighbors, family and co-workers, anyone you know who has recently had their house painted. This may be the only place you need to look. Ask about the quality, the level of professionalism, and of course, the cost. If they are satisfied with their experience, chances are, you will be too.

If you've struck out with people you know, there are other resources available, fortunately. Many websites not only list, but compare, contractors in your area. You may be able to get an approximate idea of cost from these, too, but it's no substitute for a written estimate. Try to find at least three or four contractors to compare. Be sure to check for customer complaints with the Better Business Bureau. Get written estimates and references from each one. After checking those references and comparing the estimates, you should be able to find the best contractor for you.

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