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Know Your Painting Contractor: Licensed, Recommended & Reviewed

Rachel Williams - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The roof is patched, the lawn is mowed and the family van sits freshly waxed in the driveway. All you need now is a residential painter to add a fresh coat of San Diego exterior paint. Simple, right? Not quite. Know when to trust a good contractor and when to run for the hills by sticking to these five contractor standards.


 


Where to Start

One of the best places to start when hiring a new contractor is to ask for recommendations from people you trust. Ask a friend, neighbor or family member for the names of contractors they've had good experiences with and would use again. 

New to the neighborhood? Another great option is to search trusted review sites like Angie's List, Yelp and Customer Lobby. While companies can often pay for advertising on review sites, these sites aim to be unbiased and won't remove reviews or alter a company's overall rating. On sites like Yelp, only those reviews that are "trusted" appear on a company's page. Other reviews are kept hidden, unless readers click to view "reviews that are not currently recommended".


Five Reasons to Trust Your Contractor

Now that you have found a contractor you like, you're done right? Not quite. 

While talking to previous customers and reading reviews is an often reliable way of finding a great clothing store or restaurant, when it comes to renovation projects like painting, roofing and landscaping, there is often a little more risk involved. This means, not only should a company have positive reviews, but your future painting contractor should also have any required certifications, licenses or documentation.

When it comes to renovation projects, whether big or small, it's important to work with someone trustworthy. The following five standards will help you differentiate between a trustworthy & dependable San Diego painting contractor and a company that might be too good to be true.

Scheduling a San Diego house painting estimate? Your future house painter should always have the following:

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1) Your painting contractor should be certified.

2) Your painting contractor should be recommended by a professional institution or organization.

3) Your painting contractor should have references.

4) Your painting contractor should be easy to reach.

  1. 5) Your painting contractor should include a contract.


If any of the above seem a little off, or are completely missing, hire a new contractor. Like they say, "Better safe than sorry!" In the world of residential and commercial paint contractors, it's always better to use a higher quality paint and a painter you can trust than face an unfinished job or a property that deteriorates years too soon.




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