It’s down to two. You’ve vetted a long list of contractors. Wheat has emerged from chaff. Now the final decision gets tough. Each contractor appeals to you for different reasons. They’re almost identically qualified, with one difference: one’s licensed, the other isn’t.
Questions float through your head: What does it really mean to be licensed? Why are some contractors licensed and others not? And the ultimate question: Does it matter?
Let’s talk about the importance of insurance first. Contractors should carry two types of insurance: liability and worker’s compensation. As a homeowner, these protect you in two ways. First, liability insurance will protect you in the event the contractor causes damage to your home. What if, say during an upstairs bathroom remodel, your uninsured contractor was doing work that caused the bathtub to crash through the floor? If you think your homeowner’s policy would cover you, think again. It likely won’t, unless you’ve purchased additional coverage for in-home employees.
Too many homeowners believe they need three bids for their project. They consider it due diligence. They’ve been told to get three bids by their architect, their banker, or their Facebook friends. The intent, of course, is to compare proposals so they can make the best decision. They don’t realize that the only thing they can compare is price. That’s a lousy way to make a major decision affecting their most valuable investment, and it’s also a waste of the contractor’s time.
A contractor’s bond and insurance are important forms of protection for you, the consumer. They help ensure that you’re more likely to be working with a reputable professional, and they provide some recourse should something go wrong.
Before you choose a contractor who meets your needs, consider the following:
- Employees versus subcontractors.
- Legal Licensing.
- Preparation work.
- Formal estimate.
What’s in a house painting contract is an important question that comes up as you get deeper into your remodeling venture. Between the time you decide your house needs a new coat of paint and the time the job gets done, a lot transpires. After you’ve decided on an interior painter or exterior painting contractor, you should have them write a formal contract.
It can feel very exciting to get work started inside or outside of your home. You’re anticipating a good outcome, whether it’s new granite for your kitchen countertops, or a new fence for your backyard.
If you thought it was hard to pick your style and colors, it may be even harder to choose the right pro for your job. Here are three hard-hitting questions that you should ask, in order to choose the right contractor for your job.
Deciding to paint your home’s interior is exciting! Even if you’re only doing one or two rooms, picking the colors, redecorating to match the new shades and coming home to a new tone in your home are all really fun and refreshing. If you’ve decided to paint the rooms yourself, you have your work cut out for you.
If you’ve decided to hire a professional, choosing the right one is probably the most important choice you’ll make during this process.
When you decide to have your house painted, it is exciting to think about color choices and the finished product. Thinking about whether or not you should work with a contractor who is licensed is not quite as exciting. The practical elements of choosing your painting contractor may not seem like fun, but they are incredibly important. Choosing a painting contractor who is licensed by the state comes with some very real benefits.
Are you looking for a painting contractor to do work on your home or business? If so, you likely started your search by asking around for recommendations. It is always nice to get a recommendation from a friend or family member because it can help you narrow your search. Occasionally, you may get a recommendation from a friend for a contractor that is just starting out or does work on the side. The first, and most obvious, thing you want to know in that situation is about the quality of their work. But, before you look at examples of their work, you need to ask if they are a licensed contractor.