If you are having a professional in your home to do work of any kind, then you want to vet them ahead of time. You’ll want to make sure that they are going to give you high quality work, that they offer reasonable prices and that they can be trusted, and you can use this list of questions to do that. If you are going to avoid being taken advantage of, then you’ll need to spend some time asking questions of your contractor before they come to your house to paint. Here are ten questions to ask when hiring house painters Sydney.
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10 Questions to Ask When Hiring House Painters Sydney
1. How much do you charge?
This should be one of the first questions you ask, as price is a major consideration for determining which house painters Sydney should be doing the work on your home. You’ll want to get this question out of the way early to figure out if it is worth your time to ask the remaining questions. You will need to give painter a good idea of what to expect, and you’ll want all necessary information on hand as you prepare to ask the questions. You should know how many rooms are to be painted and what their dimensions are. If you are having the contractor paint outside, then you should know the dimensions there.
You should not expect an over-the-phone estimate to be an exact price that will be kept all through the painting process, but it can at least give you an idea of how much the work will cost and whether your painter sits on the high or low end of the pricing scale.
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2. What are your qualifications?
This may seem like an invasive question, but it is a necessary one. Ask your prospective painter if he or his staff have had any professional training, what courses they have taken and what proof they can produce to show that they have received training. Most contractors will have all this information listed on their website, so you can save this question if that is the case with your contractor.
3. How long will it take?
Even if you are getting a good price on the work, you still ought to know if it will be done in a convenient time for you. The painters should be able to come at a time that works for you and get the work done quickly and efficiently. You ought to be able to get a rough estimate of how long the work will take once you give the contractor the dimensions and other details for the job. Also ask when they will be able to start, because if they just tell you that the work will take two days but don’t bother to tell you that they cannot start for a few weeks due to their workload, you might be seriously inconvenienced.
4. Are you covered by insurance?
This is a question that a lot of homeowners don’t think to ask, but it is important. You hope you never have to file a claim when you hire a contractor to do work on your home, but you should ensure that you are protected. Make certain that the contractor has insurance for himself, his staff and the work he does, as that will safeguard you from having to pay out a lot of money should something go wrong.
5. Can I trust your crew?
Once again, this may seem to be an invasive question, but you do want to feel like you can trust whoever will be coming into your home and doing work on it. Whether you are staying at home to supervise the work or leaving the house open for contractors to work, you want to feel safe knowing that your possessions will not be stolen or damaged and that the painting crew will do a good job and report any issues to you immediately. You can also ask more pointed questions such as how long the crew members have been working there and what kind of reputation the company has.
6. What quality of paint and other materials will be used?
When you ask for house painting quotes from the contractors, they will often give you the lowest possible quote in order to sell themselves to you. They may not tell you that they plan to use a low quality paint or that good quality paint will result in a higher quote. When you get that quote from them, ask about the paint quality and what kind of warranty it comes with, as that will make a huge difference in the value of the work.
7. What does your quote include?
This may seem like a redundant question, but it is important that you ask this one specifically. Many times, a quote will just cover the cost of a single coat of paint and absolutely no clean-up. Find out how much work the painters are doing and if it is worth it for the price the are asking. The more details you know about what comes with the quote, the more informed your decision will be.
8. Do you guarantee your work?
It is possible that your contractor will make a mistake and need to rectify it. Will they charge you extra to fix their mistakes or will they guarantee the work they do? A good contractor will do everything they can to make you happy within reason, and you are well within your rights to ask a question like this. You’re basically protecting yourself when you ask this. At Houseace we offer a 100% happiness guarantee, so we won’t stop working until you’re happy.
9. What do you need me to do?
You may not be the one doing the painting, but there will be some work involved for you before the painters can come and do their job. You may need to move some furniture from the rooms that are being painted, leave the house so that the painters can work, or mow the grass near the house for any outside painting. Basically, you are ensuring that nothing is in the way while your contractor works.
10. Can you advise me on the best paint and methods?
You won’t be asking for advice on how to do the work yourself, but you will probably want some recommendations from the contractor, if you are not very knowledgeable about house painting. Essentially, you are asking them to make some suggestions that help you hire them to do the job well. A qualified, experienced painter should be able to make some suggestions that help you decide on the kind of paint to use and how many coats should be put on the house.
Once you have asked your questions, you do not have to decide right then and there if that contractor is right for you. It’s a good idea to ask the same questions of a few contractors, write down their answers and compare them to make an informed, smart decision. That way you can choose the best house painters Sydney to do the job.
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