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How to Choose A Painting Contractor

Painting is a skill that requires considerable expertise and experience. So, to successfully achieve the best results on your home, it's important to choose a reputable painting contractor-someone familiar with the best products needed for your house and who has the appropriate tools to do the job right. Here are some tips to help you hire the right contractor.

Why hire a reputable painting contractor

  • Many of the tasks involved in both preparation and painting, such as working on ladders and using chemicals such as solvents, can be dangerous. A knowledgeable contractor will have expertise in these areas.

  • Experienced painters know how to properly prepare surfaces and are familiar with the appropriate paints and tools, as well as how to use them effectively, to ensure a quality finish.

  • Reputable painters recognize and know how to handle and properly dispose of hazardous wastes that may be part of painting.
  • Only hire a painting contractor that has been in business for a reasonable amount of time.

  • Not all painters are equal. Hiring college kids or "Uncle Bill", may save money, but will lack the expertise to do a good, quality job.


Tips for choosing a painting contractor

  1. Specify the work

    With each painter, make sure you receive quotes for the same work. Prepare a list of what needs to be done and be sure to include what paint color and gloss level you'd like. Provide a completion date.

  2. References

    Check with the local BBB and/or the local paint suppliers. A qualified painter will provide at least three (3) references. The projects completed for each referral project should be similar in size and scope to yours, and some should be a few years old to demonstrate labor and product performance. If possible, ask to see some finished projects to verify status.

       Ask each referral the following questions:
    • Was the job completed on time?
    • Were you satisfied with the results?
    • Did the quote match the final cost?
    • Was the painter's work disruptive?
    • Would you hire the painter again?


    For each quote received, make sure the following details are in writing:

    • Painter's contact information
    • Your contact information
    • Specification of the exact work to be done, including all areas to be prepared and painted.
    • Products to be used, including brand names
    • Cost

    Each quote should be signed and dated by you and the painter.



As with most hiring processes, pay attention to each painter's presentation. Are they polite, professional and dressed appropriately? Presentation will most likely reflect the type of work they do. A dirty appearance may indicate carelessness on the job.


You should always ask if there is any type of warranty. If there is what does the warranty cover and/or can a get a copy of the warranty?


Ask to see a certificate of insurance, both Workers' Compensation and General Liability. As painting can be dangerous work, it's important to hire an insured painter so you are not held responsible for any injuries to the painter or crew members.


There is no license for painters in Colorado. Check with the local BBB to see what the painting contractor's current standing is.


Written contracts are a must! Both your and your painter should sign a written contract that specifies the project's scope of work. This should include details on surface preparations, such as specifying exactly how your property will be protected. It also should include how surfaces will be painted, the exact paint products to be applied, a time schedule and payment terms.


Payment Tips

  • Don't pay cash
  • Keep all payment records
  • Only make your final payment once you are completely satisfied with the job
  • Don't pay money down. Contractors with good credit history will not need money up front for materials.

We hope this information has been helpful and hope that you will choose M&M Painting for all your painting needs.


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