We’ve all heard horror stories about hiring contractors, but if you consider the following, you can write your own happy-ever-after!
Tips for Choosing a Painting Contractor
Make sure your painter is licensed to work in your state.
In Oregon, visit the Construction Contractors Board website at www.hirealicensedcontractor.com. Through the CCB, you can confirm that your painter is licensed and has all the required insurance, as well as viewing any complaint history that exists. To view our CCB license, visit this page.
Hire a painter who is a member of a professional organization.
Organizations such as Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (www.pdca.org) define minimum standards for their members, as well as provide continuing education about the latest in products, trends, and techniques.
Do some local research.
Check the contractor’s record with the local Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, and Angie’s List (www.angieslist.com). Each of these organizations offers different types of information about businesses.
Ask the painter questions about their business.
How long have they been in business? Will they share local references with you? Ask your neighbors and friends who they have used and what their experience was like.
After considering everything else, what is your gut telling you?
If you are uncomfortable with a contractor, do not enter a relationship with them. Find someone you are comfortable with who is also qualified.