What to expect when hiring a contractor

| March 20, 2011 | Comments (11)

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Whether you are building a new home, buying an older home or freshening up your existing home, it is always a good idea to use a Professional Painting Contractor. Many homeowners, while quite capable of doing the work, after they purchase the required equipment and materials, and invest many of their own hours find that it may have been much more effective to hire a professional.  A professional has all the required equipment, can often provide a better quality paint for a more competitive price, and is much more efficient. We can do the work in much less time and have your home back to normal quickly.

Inviting a stranger into your home is often a daunting task for many, here are some tips on choosing a contractor.

So now you are ready to contact a painter!

If you decide to call, remember, many painters are owner operators, therefore they may be working at a customers home and be unable to answer right away. Please leave a message and they will call you back. You can also email them using the contact us form on the web page.

At RC Painting, Chris Haught handles all the office duties and estimates. She will have a few questions for a homeowner in order to see if our company is a good fit for your needs.

Some of the questions she may ask are:

  • May I have your name and contact info?
  • How did you hear about us?
  • What size is your project?
  • When do you want the work done?
  • Have you looked at colors yet?
  • When was the last time the home was painted?
  • Was your home built before 1978?
  • Have you hired a contractor before?
  • Do you have a budget?

The answers to these types of questions will help to determine how to best meet your needs. We can then set an appointment to meet with you and anyone else involved in the decision making progress. The information we collect from the above questions will help us to be prepared when we meet and bring any color samples, product data or RRP materials.

RC Painting is a family owned and operated company, many times Rob and Chris will both do the estimating if our schedule allows, there are several things that we will do:

  • Arrive on time
  • Walk through the proposed areas with you and take notes and possibly pictures
  • Show you finishes and colors from sample boards or fan decks
  • Provide a project book with testimonials and project photos for you to review
  • Measure the space
  • Leave you with a folder detailing our insurance and license information
  • Provide you with a written, detailed, firm estimate
  • Answer any questions you have
  • Ask you if you would like to be added to our schedule

We hope to provide a professional, pleasant process to make your next home improvement project go as smooth and hassle free as possible. Our business depends on satisfied customers and referrals, and we love what we do!

Call Chris today at 435-439-5690 or email to see what we can do for you!

Visit our site here. Check our Facebook Page to see current projects.

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Category: Hiring a Contractor, Home Repairs, Homeowner Tips

About Chris: Avid blogger and social media nut, writes prolifically for several industry magazines and blogs. Owns and operates RC Painting with husband Rob. View author profile.

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  5. I think it is often the most overlooked part of our jobs in the service industry. Does your company fit with the potential client?

    I find it harder than it used to be to get a homeowner to actually tell you what their budget is, and more of I want this, this, and this done…

    But I only have this much budgeted.

    Setting realistic expectations for what their budget can achieve without sacrificing materials quality, and craftsmanship is key.

  6. Chris says:

    Budget is often a difficult topic to discuss, some homeowners feel if they name a budget, we will “take” every bit of it! Some just have no idea of the cost of the type of service we offer, because prices vary so much depending on scope of work. So you are right on about setting realistic expectations!

  7. greg says:

    Great post I just came across it and agree I am based in the Uk and people in general just dont like giving a idea of budget although we ensure of getting this information otherwise you could just be wasting your time which I am sure no of us have much of. The other day I had a customer on the phone telling me she had very high standards and only wanted the best. When I asked what her budget was to redec the entire of the external of her property she replied about £1000 prob $1300 ish. I just laughed and politely declined.

  8. Chris says:

    Thanks Greg, I think sometimes painters can be their own worst enemies! Every time I see an ad for $99 Rooms I cringe!

  9. Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am
    impressed! Extremely helpful info specially the last part :) I care
    for such info a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a
    very long time. Thank you and good luck.

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