4 Mistakes Painting Contractors Make

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The right painting contractor can tackle even the most complex paint projects. However, it takes the right combination of painters, supplies, and management to provide reliable painting services in Rhode Island. Here are some red flags to watch out for when hiring a contractor for your next paint job.

Lacking Online Presence

In today’s age, there’s no excuse for having a poor online presence. Any painting contractor worthy of your business should at the bare minimum have a website with their contact information. Savvy contractors will also have at least one social media page, blog, and a good rating on review sites like Yelp.

Charging Too Much or Too Little

Saving money is important, but not at the cost of quality. A contractor that charges several times the price of local competitors may not deliver the quality you’d expect. On the other hand, a drastically low quote can be equally disarming. You don’t want to risk having a job performed poorly. And, of course, a business that refuses to give you a quote before completing the project is one to avoid.

Inflexible Schedule

Contractors who work narrow timeframes or who refuse to schedule jobs more than a few days in advance may not have the resources to get the job done right. They may be a new business with limited experience. In any event, a contractor that has very rigid terms is one best avoided. After all, there are plenty of painting contractors in Rhode Island who can accommodate your schedule.

Poor Service

This is perhaps the biggest red flag of them all. If the contractor is rude over the phone or doesn’t respond to emails, consider them a bullet dodged. Unfortunately, many signs of poor service don’t manifest until the contractor gets to work. They may arrive late or delay the project due to not having the required tools on hand. The painters may not wear the proper safety gear, or they may leave behind a mess after finishing the project.

Whether the project is residential or commercial, you want to hire a reputable contractor. In addition to these tips, online reviews can help you decide which painting contractors may or may not be a good fit for your project.

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