• Matthew Kowalski

Tips for Hiring A Top-Notch Painting Contractor

Some painting projects are just too big and complicated to DIY. Whether it's a full home exterior refresh or a set of kitchen cabinets, if you want a job done right and done well, hiring a professional painting contractor is the way to go. So, where do you start?


There are several things to keep in mind before hiring a contractor in order to ensure that you are going to be happy with the experience and the results, and we’re listing them here for you!



  1. Start by Checking Online Reviews. Does the contractor or company you’re looking to hire have generally positive reviews? It’s important that you take an unbiased approach when going through these reviews because you don’t always know both sides of the story. Although, we do recommend that doing your online research is a good place to start before sealing the deal.

  2. Evaluate the Initial Conversation. When you get on the phone with your potential contractor, pay attention to how the conversation goes. Any reliable and quality contractor will ask you the questions they need to be successful with the job at hand and will take the time to thoughtfully and thoroughly answer your own personal questions.

  3. Ask the Right Questions. There are a handful of questions to ask your contractor to vet their expertise and experience. Here’s a few:

  • Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

  • How long have you been working as a painting contractor?

  • What kind of prep work is included in your process?

  • What products do you use?

  • Do you have any references?

  • Are you a member of any professional associations?

Asking these questions upfront will provide you with the reassurance you need before committing to the job.


4. Receive a Detailed Quote. Make sure you receive a complete breakdown of the costs and schedule from your prospective painter. The estimate should include specific costs for labor, materials, travel time (if necessary), and the timeframe in which the job will be completed. If you’re missing any of this information, ask these questions ahead of time as it’s much easier to fix an estimate before the job is started.


This is a great plan to follow when going through the process of vetting your potential paint contractor. We receive questions like this from our clients daily, and it allows us to be transparent and eliminate any confusion about the unknowns before taking on a new client and their paint job. If you have any questions about this process or would like to receive a quote from us at Kowalski Painting, reach out to us today!


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