How to Find a Real Painting Company
It’s hard to believe I started Speed Pro Painting almost 35 years ago with a newspaper ad, (remember those?) and a super bright yellow hand written flyer that misspelled the word “proffessional”…LMBO! Sad but true! My shocking lack of results sent me to college and ultimately brought me here to you my friends… uh… and maybe your friends… and their friends… hopefully! And believe it or not it’s my business knowledge and practices, not my awesome painting ability the sets my company apart from many of the other “painters” that may… or may not… show up at your door.
Using a professional painting contractor takes the stress out of painting your home. But finding a real one can be a major challenge. Unfortunately, the painting industry is flooded with people claiming to be painters or painting companies. The truth is most of them come from other industries or jobs other than painting. They have no formal training. The most common response from guys answering my help wanted ads is: “I worked for a guy and he couldn’t keep me busy so I started my own business and things are too slow so I just want a real job that I can work every day.” The obvious problem is that neither one of these two “painters,” the boss or the employee, have the proper skills to run a business or complete quality paint jobs efficiently to sustain a business. That is why so many “painters” fail in one way or another when they come to work for you. They’re all pretty good at saying the right things to get hired but do not have the skills to follow through.
If you’ve decided to hire a painting company consider these tips first:
The best way to find a quality painting contractor is to get referrals from friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who have had good experiences with the painting companies in your area.
Get at least 3 estimates and be specific about your project
It’s a good idea to walk each estimator around the areas to be painted while discussing your needs. Be specific about which surfaces you want to have painted (walls, trims, moldings, ceilings, etc.) and the paint colors and finishes you want used.
Always ask candidates the following questions:
Accent walls are a great way to add color to a room and experiment with bolder and brighter colors. How to choose? Start by taking a look around the room. Find the place your eyes are naturally drawn to when you first walk in to the room. Be sure to pick a color dark enough or different enough from the room color so you have a contrast. Remember it's your room... pick the color YOU like!
Don't be scared, bright colors are happy colors! Interior painting presents a variety of different styles and techniques that homeowners can appreciate. Color can create moods–think of a serene blue bedroom, a cheery yellow kitchen or an earthy green bathroom. A gallon of paint and the right painter are all that stand between a space that's 'drab and dreary' and one that's 'bright and cheery.'
People have asked me many times should they paint their stained doors or not? Changing the color of an interior door can take a room from drab to fab. In all my years of painting nothing has been as visually stunning as a dark door with a light casing. Or a stained door with a painted casing. You can really update a room inexpensively by painting the doors or casings.