Do I Really Need A Professional Painting Contractor To Paint My Condo?

It may seem like painting your condo yourself, instead of hiring a painting contractor, will be easier and save you money down the road. The truth it, it may be a little less expensive to do it yourself, but a professional painting contractor is exactly that – a professional painter. Your time and energy are worth something, especially if you are looking to repaint to sell. When looking to hire someone, you might shop around for the right price depending on your budget.

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Painting contractors are highly skilled at what they do, and a professional should do it efficiently and properly. It is important to understand that when you are hiring a professional, looking for the cheapest option out there is not the best idea. Chances are, they are not going to be professional in how they cut corners to give you that cheap price.

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The right painting contractor will be upfront about everything 

Forewarned is forearmed. When you are budgeting to have your condo painted, knowing the worst-case scenario is just as good as the best case. When preparing your budget, know your threshold and talk to your painting contractor when they are providing you with an estimate.

Less than reputable pro painters won’t include any or all possible repairs in their estimate. This will ensure that their cost is less then the competition and likely get them the job. This should be your first red flag that they are not as good of a deal as they sound. A reputable, professional pro paint will be upfront about all costs, including all repair work involved. They will highlight any potential additional costs, like a 3rd coat of paint or having to use a more expensive primer, when they meet with you and provide you with an estimate.

When you meet with the Toronto condo painter, pick your paint colours and the sheen before you sign or pay any deposits. This will help you avoid any hidden surprises, because the type and quality of paint will be written right into the final quote. A less reputable professional painter will give you a quote for the job and take a deposit but will end up increasing the cost after you have already signed a contract. They might claim that the paint cost a lot more than they thought it would, because of the sheen or brand.

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The right painting contractor will not scam you on paint quality 

Sigh. Sadly, there are scammers everywhere, and the painting world is no different. Here are a few more red flags to look out for:

  • Mixing high quality paint with cheap stuff. Conveniently, you will only ever see the bucket or a couple of cans of the quality paint in your condo. A good pro painter will have several buckets and cans in the quality and brand agreed upon in plain sight.
  • Watering down quality paint. A harder to detect scam, unfortunately. One way to check is to look at the cans being brought in to make sure they are clean and new, and that buckets of paint are still sealed. This will help you determine if they were opened before they were brought into your condo.
  • The lowest price really is to good to be true. Be aware of ads and estimates that promise a small charge per square foot (ex. 50 cents per square foot). If you hire these painters, expect crap paint and a crap job. Bottom line – you get what you pay for.
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Questions to ask when hiring someone for your condo painting 

  1. How long have they been in business? A company that has been around for more than 5 years is likely to be more reputable.
  2. Do they hire subcontractors? Subcontractors are generally less experienced and cheap labour.
  3. Do they offer a warranty and are they insured? You won’t get either with a lowball contractor.
  4. Have they ever won any awards? Awards are always good!
  5. Can they provide references? You wouldn’t hire an employee without checking their previous work. Hiring a painting contractor is no different.
  6. Do they have a portfolio? Most reputable residential painting companies will have a portfolio on their website. They should also be prepared to show you some of their work in a meeting.
  7. Do they use quality paint? Do they keep a clean workspace? Did They include wall preparation in their estimate? Hopefully they say yes to all three. Do your research ahead of time, but Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are both examples of quality paint brands. Knowledge is power.

If you need help distinguishing what you can or can’t do in your condo… 

Sometimes things can get a little tricky when you’re thinking about doing condo painting. There are often certain rules and regulations put out by condo boards that need to be adhered to by the occupants. It’s important to have all of these guidelines in writing, so you can always refer back to them. It’s especially important if you’re thinking about exterior painting as well. Those rules and guidelines set out by condo boards are pretty set in stone, so be sure to reach out to the right people when you’re inquiring before starting any work.

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Did this help make your decision as to who it should be when you hire a painting company to do condo painting for you? There is so much to think about in terms of finding the right professional painters for the work you need completed. Let our professional interior painters handle everything! Call 416.494.9095 or email brian@HomePaintersToronto.com for a FREE quote. And don’t forget to visit us on social media (below) as well! 


From The Owner & Founder


Hello and welcome!

I’m both deeply honoured and flattered you are considering using our services.

Since 1987 when I was at York University simply earning my way through school, I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with thousands of amazing homeowners like yourself.

Besides the birth of my daughter, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a homeowner’s life change when we have transformed their dream home into a masterpiece. For that reason, we take our jobs very seriously and are committed to our cause.

At Home Painters our mission is to paint homeowners’ dreams, and make your painting experience last a lifetime!
I look forward to hopefully meeting you one day, as it brings me tremendous joy to make homeowner’s dreams come true.