Its December in Toronto, and the snow is coming down. Your snuggled up in your house for the winter months getting ready for Christmas. However, your living room could use a new paint job to liven up your home around the holidays.
But there’s a problem. You don’t have time nor the expertise and patience for such a project. So you are forced to hire a house painter to do the heavy-lifting home painting job.
Since being a professional house painting contractor in the Toronto and GTA for the past 25 years, I’ve seen a lot of good and bad things. I have noticed clients are being more and more educated and aware of house painters scams which is a great thing. HGTV shows such as Holmes on Homes is a clear example of what can happen if you don’t do your homework. Having personally worked on the show and spoke to Mike Holmes in conversation, I also got some insights from him on what consumers should watch out for.
When hiring a Toronto painting contractor who is going to determine how the walls of your house look, it’s best to ask around and find some potential candidates. Yes, Toronto has 100s of house painters, but how do you know they will be reliable, do a quality job, and not make a mess of your nest egg?
Whenever you get a job, you have to do an interview first. This is no different. You will be the house painter’s employer for the duration of the painting job, so it’s best to do an interview with potential candidates first. Here are some example questions:
During the interview process, make sure you ask the painting contractor if they have any references that you could get in contact with. When talking to the references, ask things like:
After you’ve decided on which home painter you want to hire, make sure you are as specific as possible when describing the job to them. According to the Ministry of Consumer Complaints in Ontario, complaints about home contractors have been amongst the highest number of complaints. In Toronto, its crucial you are careful with the final details on a contract. Make sure they know:
The more specific you are, the less chances of any miscommunications, and the better the interior home painting experience will be in the end.
After you’ve walked them through exactly what you want, sit down and review the painting contract with them. Go over things such as:
When all is said and done, you will have used your judgment to get the best possible home painter that you can find! Gut feel is important. But also remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Get multiple painting quotes if you are at all skeptical!
Please review our other blog on “10 Questions you Must Ask Your House Painter Before Hiring Them” if you want even more information on this topic.
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