Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Professional Painting Company

Professional Painter | June 25, 2019

Knowing the right questions to ask before hiring a professional painting company will help you ensure that you are hiring the best company for handling your unique painting needs. That is why the team from Dunbar Painting has put together a list of questions that you should ask before hiring painters to work on your home.

1. Do You Have Insurance?

Working with a painting company that does not have worksafe insurance and liability insurance will leave you on the hook for paying the cost of medical bills if one of the workers gets hurt on your property, as well as for property that is damaged while the work is being completed. At Dunbar Painting, we carry $10 million in insurance, so you can rest easy knowing that we can tackle any size of project safely.

2. Do I Need to do Anything Before You Arrive?

Before the professional painters arrive to provide you with a quote, it is important to have an idea of what you are looking for and what your expectations are. Sharing past experiences can also be a great way to provide the painters with information about how they should approach the job.

If you are having the outside of your home painted, you can prepare for the arrival of the painters by moving possessions away from the house, as well as by trimming plants based on your painter’s advice. If you are having the interior of your home painted, it is always a good idea to move small and breakable possessions outside of the area.

3. What Kind of Prep Work Will You Perform?

Exterior Painting Projects

In order to properly prep the exterior of your home to be painted, a professional painter will:

  • Clean the area
  • Sand failing paint
  • Sand shiny areas
  • Caulk gaps where moisture could cause harm
  • Prime any bare wood
  • Fill nail holes
  • Bring in carpenters or other contractors to perform higher level restoration services

Interior Painting Projects

Before painting the interior of your home, a reputable painting company will:

  • Sand shiny woodwork
  • Fill holes and wall damage
  • Caulk joints around the trim
  • Spot prime repaired or bare wood areas
  • Sand walls to remove texture

4. What Kind of Training do Your Employees Receive?

Most painting companies will have employees with a wide range of skill levels, from supervisors with a good knowledge level of the company’s standards and expectations to the new recruits who are taught necessary tasks to help out in a way that is indicative of their specific skill levels.

5. What Kind of Materials do You Use?

It is important to choose a company that uses top-end products and materials on every job. At Dunbar Painting, we only use products from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. By limiting ourselves to working with only two vendors, we have been able to establish great working relationships for solving any problems or costs issues that arise.

6. What Warranty do You Provide?

Most painting companies will provide a standard two-year warranty for covering everything except walked on surfaces; thus, any paint failure due to negligence will be covered under warranty. At Dunbar Painting, we are also willing to discuss options for extended warranties.

If you would like to learn more questions to ask before hiring a professional painting company, or if you are interested in one of our painting services, please contact Dunbar Painting at 604-788-3382 or by filling out a contact form on our website.