How To Choose the Right Painting Contractor

Happy Friday!

Today we are going to discuss how to go about choosing the right painting contractor! Please reply below with any comments or questions 🙂


So you’re thinking about hiring a contractor for your dream home or one of the properties you own or manage. You’ll want one who provides the best quality and is the most affordable, though you find yourself sacrificing one to get the other.

Sometimes we end up hiring the neighborhood handyman or our best friend’s wife’s uncle to do the work just to save a couple dollars. Expecting high quality at the price of an unlicensed contractor can be a severely flawed way of thinking.

It goes with the saying: You get what you pay for. In most cases, it shouldn’t be too hard to find the best of both worlds. You just need to do your homework.

When hiring a painter, do you ask the right questions?

There are some questions you can ask the Scheduler and most other questions can be directed to the Estimator or Project Manager. Here are some sample questions:

  • Do you have your current insurance certificate covering general liability, worker’s comp and auto?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Can you provide me with a reference list with at least 10 recent customers?
  • What professional organization(s) of painting contractors do you belong to?
  • Are you Lead-Safe certified? (Important if your home is built before 1978)
  • Do you have specific experience in glazing, Venetian plaster, color washes and other decorative methods?
  • Do you hire employees or subcontractors to work in your crews?
  • Do you offer a warranty with your work?
  • Do the painters keep a clean work place?
  • What are the best products/most affordable good quality products that you suggest?

You could also do some research and see if the Painting Company has profiles/reviews on Angie’s List, Home Advisor, Google Plus, Yelp, Networx, as well as testimonials on their own company website.

Sample Work of the Week

Here’s an example of work we did for our client Jill’s exterior in Lake Oswego. She and her husband were very smart about their deciding process! She had collected several estimates and conducted something similar to an “interview” in order to decide who would be painting her home. She asked us and I quote..

1) Estimate days on job to completion, granted good weather for the whole time

2) How many workers throughout this period

3) How to secure reservation, if we’d like the job to be completed before June 1st

4) How do you want to be paid – percentage down to begin, then pay remaining after homeowner’s inspection?
An exterior project that we completed in Lake Oswego last week. Our client, Jill S., is very happy and has referred us to many of her friends!

An exterior project that we completed in Lake Oswego last week. Our client, Jill S., is very happy and has referred us to many of her friends!

In the end, Jill got exactly what she wanted and was very happy with our work. How? By putting time into the selection process.


That’s it for today’s blog. Please leave any comments or questions below!

Tune into our next blog about what screening procedures we conduct for hiring our employees! From aptitude to attitude, we make sure our employees represent our core values and principles of customer satisfaction.

Have a great weekend!