Top 10 Reasons Why to Hire a Licensed Painting Contractor

Thousands of flyers make their way into your mailbox advertising lower rates, insured businesses, and quality work. But, if you take a closer look at all the offers you will realize there is one important qualifier that needs to be taken into consideration; are they licensed by the state? Choosing to do things the right way the first time will help you save time, money, and peace of mind over the long run. Don’t fall for the gimmicks that promise everything and deliver nothing. Here are the top ten reasons why you should hire a licensed contractor for your next interior or exterior painting job or home renovation.

  1. Insurance: The number one reason for hiring a licensed contractor is to make sure you, your house, and the contractor are insured throughout the process. Workman’s comp is vital if the contractor has employees working for them because if an accident happens and they are not licensed, you will be responsible for the costs. Liability insurance is just as important because the contractor may accidentally damage your neighbor’s property or some other part of your home and leave you to pay for repairs if they are not licensed and insured.
  2. Customer Rights: Every licensed contractor is backed by their state government and if something were to go wrong in the process, you as a customer have certain rights you wouldn’t have if they were not licensed. If for some reason the construction job was faulty, you would have insurance through the state to fix the problems. The customer can also file a proper complaint against a licensed contractor that other people will be able to see before they choose to use that contractor. You as a customer will have many more rights to protect you than if you went with an unlicensed contractor.
  3. Experience: In order to receive a state license as a contractor, they must first pass a management and skills test and provide proof of extensive experience. This step helps to weed out the millions of wannabe contractors who proclaim their expertise but aren’t half as capable as a licensed contractor to do the job right. A license in hand means the state approves of their knowledge and experience for your project.
  4. Identification: Every licensed contractor will have a license from their state certifying that they are in fact legitimate. Requiring that your contractor has a license will help prevent fraud and give you a way to track them down later in case something happens. Although it does not happen every day, there are fraudulent contractors out their looking to scam you for a quick dollar and a state license is one extra layer of security against scams.
  5. Work Warranty: Although it is not mandatory, almost every licensed contractor will provide a warranty for their work. The care and quality of workmanship is insured by them for several months after the completion of construction. This will help the customer feel more comfortable with their contractor, knowing in advance that if something goes wrong later down the road that someone will help them fix it.
  6. References: Every licensed contractor can provide legitimate references that you should follow up with and look into. Be sure to take the time to assess the quality of work the contractor completed for their previous customers. This is a great way for you to judge their quality of work and customer service. Always check for references through the Better Business Bureau for both praises and complaints to get a good idea of how long they have been in business and how many unhappy customers they have had.
  7. Standard Down Payments: State law requires that a licensed contractor not request more than a 10% down payment. Many construction scams involve asking for a lot of money up front and then never returning to complete the job. Prevent fraud by hiring a licensed contractor knowing that you will not be asked for more than 10% up front.
  8. Dependable Estimates: Both estimated time of construction and total project cost should be fairly accurate up front, giving you a clear picture of what the project entails. Hiring a licensed contractor insures you will receive estimates that will be as close as possible to the actual time and cost it takes to complete the project. Unlicensed contractors will be pressured to give you an estimate undercutting the competitions’ price and construction time but once they begin work you will realize their estimates were not close to actual time and costs.
  9. Quality and Proper Paint: Paint is not a one-size-fits-all product and it is important that your contractor applies the right type of paint for the material your house is made out of and paint that is both environmentally friendly and long lasting. An inexperienced painter will quickly apply a cheap coat of paint to your house and leave you having to replace it within a few years. Quality contractors will use paint that will keep your home vibrant for several years before you ever have to think of re-painting.
  10. Record of Complaints: Since the contractor is licensed by the state, the state will keep track of all official complains within the past few years. This is a very useful tool for you to screen contractors before you commit to using them for your project.

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