When it comes to doing business or transactions of any kind, you would obviously want to do them with people you like and trust. Not to say that all people you deal with will be likable, but you will at least need to be able to tolerate them. And if that is the case, then it better be that what they deliver is nothing below excellence. Of course ascertaining this part of it is up to you. When it comes to hiring a painting contractor, you want to treat it like any other business dealing. Sign nothing until you are 100% sure of your decision. If you are new to the process, it might feel a little overwhelming, which is why we think this checklist will be useful for you.

Clarify the Final Amount

We say this because there have been plenty of cases where the contractor quotes one price at the start, and as the job progresses, costs begin to increase and you begin to get bills for all sorts of things. Once the job has begun, it becomes rather messy to handle this situation, and people end up falling into big trouble down the line. The best way to avoid this? Clarify the final total at the start. Ask them whether you will need to pay anything in excess once the job is done, or whether the $1000 quoted for instance, actually means only $100 paid.


Another thing you want to clarify with the costing, is how long they will take to finish the job, and whether they actually stick to their word. Beware, most companies bite off more than they can chew, but since they have their eye on the money, take on new business anyway. This obviously puts you at risk because this means you will most probably have a poor quality job done if they are unable to meet their deadlines. So whether you are looking for painters Brisbane or anywhere else, be sure to ask them about how fast they finish their work, and also if they are true to their word.

Pre and Post-Project Inspections

If all they are going to do is waltz in with their equipment, paint and leave, then quite frankly you do not need to waste your money on a professional. You can get the job done yourself. If you are hiring a painting contractor, you should ask them whether they will inspect your property in advance to go over what needs to be done, as well as after, so you can both be sure that everything required has been taken care of. It will be difficult to get them back after they have gone and collected their cheque. If they are professional though, they will care about customer satisfaction and look to rectify their mistakes.


Just like you would look for warranty on electronics or phones when purchasing them, you should also ask for a guarantee on your paint job. Some places offer 5 years, others 10 years, depending on who you go to. A contractor who offers a guarantee is one that is more trustworthy in terms of quality and longevity. This should be in the agreement you sign as well.

Shane Hodge

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