How to Protect Yourself with a Painting Contractor

It is unfortunate, but there are a lot of scammers out there taking advantage of homeowners who just want a simple paint job. Before you spend your hard-earned money on painting the interior or exterior of your home, make sure you have protected yourself by asking your contractor some hard questions. Verifying credentials and paying close attention to contracts could save you hundreds of dollars.

Questions to Ask Your Contractor

Ask your painting contractor in Fairfield County for a copy of their proof of liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and business licensing. Any reputable contractor will be able to provide evidence of these documents.

If a painting contractor can’t provide proof of insurance, it is a sure sign that you should look elsewhere for your painting needs. If the contractor doesn’t have insurance coverage and causes damage to your home, you’ll have a hard time getting compensation or repairs. In addition, if someone gets hurt while on the job you could be held liable with your homeowner’s insurance.

You should also ask your painting contractor for a full disclosure of the costs involved with your project. If a contractor gives you a price just on hearing your needs over the phone or email, they are not a reputable company. An in-person consultation should be given so that the full scope of work can be known and understood. This way you won’t run into the problem of hidden fees or additional costs.

Read Every Line

Disreputable companies will try to get you to sign a contract without reading it carefully. Read every line of your contract. There should be no hidden fees or surprise charges. The scope of the work should be clearly outlined. If anything seems amiss, bring it up immediately before signing. The contractor should work to correct it. If they refuse and try again to get you to sign, run for the hills.

Don’t Pay More than Half Upfront

While you may need to pay some contractors a consultation fee or a deposit toward completion of the work up to half of the cost of the project, reputable painting contractors will not ask for a large amount of money upfront. If you are asked for the full price or close to it before the start of your project, you should be wary. You may wind up with a poor job, or no work at all done while the individual takes your money and runs.

No Worries with Canaj Painting

Canaj Painting understands the need for homeowners to be wary in today’s world. We will be happy to answer all of your questions, provide proof of insurance and licensing, and explain all costs. We will  give you a detailed estimate for your project, and provide you with a contract that contains no hidden fees or surprise charges. Everyone on the Canaj team is courteous, professional, and armed with the answers to your questions. Contact us today for an estimate for your painting project.