Advice by Paintologists

Choosing a painting contractor: what to look for

If you’re looking for a painting contractor, there are certain steps to follow to save yourself a lot of time and money. Andre Zylinski is the owner of a painting contracting business called ‘The Paintologists’. He is a professional painter who can handle any type of job no matter how difficult. (Even jobs others shy away from.) Proper preparation is often neglected by amateurs, and “preparation is the key to a good job”, says Zylinski.

IS IT WORTH DOING YOURSELF?
How much will you really save in time, sweat and tears? The cost of supplies is high before you even begin to factor in the value of your time. If you’re worried about resale value, consider that the job just won’t look as professional if you do it yourself. Good equipment is very expensive, and professionals are the only ones who can justify the expense.

SHOULD I GET A WRITTEN QUOTE?
Yes. The quote should include a description of the job, materials needed, and the time table for completion.

SHOULD I SIGN AN AGREEMENT OR CONTRACT BEFORE WORK BEGINS?
This applies more to bigger jobs which may take weeks or even months. The agreement is for your protection and will eliminate any confusion or misunderstandings. Both parties should retain a copy.

SHOULD I AUTOMATICALLY ACCEPT THE LOWER QUOTE?
No. I have heard stories from home owners who hired the cheapest tradesman and had to hire someone else to finish the job properly.

HOW IS PAYMENT MADE?
Usually 1/3 is paid before starting, 1/3 during the job, and 1/3 when the job is finished.

IS IT NECESSARY TO GET REFERENCES?
Try to have a look at the painter’s last job. Call the customer and ask a few questions about how the job was done.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN TERMS OF PERSONALITY?
Look for a ‘can-do’ attitude. The best tradesmen are people who really enjoy what they do and take great pride in their work. They should be people you feel comfortable inviting into your home. Look for courtesy and consideration. People who will treat your home or office with respect.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEANLINESS?
The painter is. Regardless of how careful the workers are, all furnishings and floors must be covered, sockets and hardware should be used to protect all items that can’t be removed.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE AND WHAT IS INVOLVED IN PREPARATION?
This is the most important part of the job. It’s what makes it look great and last longer. Make sure all holes and cracks on the walls are properly filled. This gives a much better finish. All walls and woodwork should be sanded between coats to remove blemishes.

Attention to detail are the hallmarks of a professional. Although it may cost a little more, you get a lot more value for your dollar. Andre Zylinski can be reached at 694-7025.

 

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