How To Spot A Bad Paint Contractor

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Bad Paint Contractors Don’t Know Good Business

There’s nothing worse than not knowing what’s going on, especially when it involves your money, your time, and your home. Hiring a bad paint contractor to paint your house is like asking a sloth to win a race; they’re slow and don’t tell you their plan.

This is where Google becomes your best friend.

Use Google to stalk that painting contractor like a crazy ex would, a Rose and Charlie Harper situation from Two and a Half Men. You’ve heard the stories about what happens when a bad paint contractor is hired. Jobs taking more than a couple weeks when it should have been a few days, no communication, and entire jobs left halfway done, among others.

You can avoid being the main character in a bad paint contractor story.

How To Avoid Being In A Bad Paint Contractor Story

If any of these bullet points can be ascribed to a paint contractor, look for a different one:

– Lack of clear contract.
If you can’t tell what a contract is saying, don’t agree to it.

Contracts should be clearly defined and have a written scope of work that everyone can understand. The contract is what will hold the paint contractor accountable for the job, so make sure it’s laid out the way you want it to be.

If something seems odd, ask about it. If you don’t like or understand the terms, find another painting contractor.

– Vague payment terms.
Money is the most important part here, so make sure to set clear goals for when it comes time to shell it out. You’ll be able to tell if a paint contractor is shady if they ask for:

  • Weekly payments
  • Cash payments

Remember: follow the contract. Don’t pay earlier than what was set up in the contract.

Most reputable paint contractors will ask for a downpayment, so don’t be surprised if they ask for one. The common asking price is a third down with the rest upon completion.

If you don’t understand it, DON’T AGREE TO IT!

– Poor communication.
Treat a paint contractor like a relationship, well when it comes to communication. If they don’t or won’t talk to you, you need to talk to them. If you can’t reach them, then it may be time to end the relationship before you get in too deep.

Saying “Good Day” To A Bad Contractor

Now that you know what to look for, you can save your time, your money, and your house from a bad paint contractor. Working with a paint contractor shouldn’t be a hassle. It can be easy and efficient, as long as you take care to hire the right one.

Want To Work With A Good Paint Contractor?

Finding a reliable and honest paint contractor can be a needle in a haystack situation. If you want to avoid the bad paint contractor experience, fill out our contact form or call us today at 978-744-6805 to schedule your free consultation.

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