They say, "Good help is hard to find." Despite the fact that there are hundreds of painting contractors in Maryland, it can be tricky to choose a good one. How do you go about selecting a Hillandale exterior house painter? How do you know if your exterior painting company will be a worthwhile investment, or a nightmare?
There is no way to be absolutely certain until you have worked with a company, but if you know what to look for, there are many clues that can point you in the right direction. We hope that as you apply the following ideas to your search for a Hillandale painting company, you will take a look at Williams Professional Painting!
Compile a Short List of Exterior House Painters
If you search on your phone or internet browser for Hillandale exterior house painters, you are likely to discover that there are tons of options. A better place to start is to ask your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers here in Hillandale about their experience with painting companies. See who they have worked with, and whether or not they would recommend them. This helps you get a good start in determining the companies you want to give more consideration.
After seeking recommendations from people you know locally, do that online search and see if you find some of the same names. Also browse for other local painting companies, and take a look at their websites. Always consider their online reviews on sites like Google Maps or Yelp, and use this to help narrow down your list.
In the end, you want a list of three or four Hillandale exterior painting companies that you will "interview" in the next step.
How to Interview a Hillandale Painting Company
Now that you have a short list of house painters to choose from, arrange a painting estimate from each one. The purpose of this is not to find out who has the lowest price. Rather, it is to evaluate the professionalism and competence of each company as they go through this process. Here are some tips on what to look for:
Timeliness: Does the company get back to you promptly when you communicate with them? Does the estimator show up at the scheduled time? How long does it take them to provide you with the estimate?
Professionalism: Does the estimator drive a company vehicle and wear company clothing? Is the estimate on official letterhead? Do they conduct themselves with competence and respectfulness?
Paperwork: Can the company provide you with proof of Maryland licensing? Do they have liability insurance and Worker's Compensation insurance? Don't hesitate to ask for these proofs of legitimacy!
Detailed Estimate: Take a close look at the details, and be wary if they are vague rather than specific. How much surface preparation will they do? Exactly what surfaces will they paint? Will they use primer? How many coats of paint will they apply? What quality of paint will they use? Remember that a cheap estimate for exterior painting could mean an inferior job.
Besides all this, there are some intangible factors that you can also look for as you gather these estimates. Do the companies set you at ease, or leave you feeling pressured, stressed, or nervous? Would you trust them to take good care of your home and to be respectful to your family?
If You Are Not Sure, Start Small
Sometimes, even after taking these steps, you still are not sure whether you will be totally thrilled with a Hillandale exterior house painter. A good way to proceed is to hire the company for a smaller painting job, like for your trim or for one exterior wall. If they do a great job with that project, then you can proceed to hire them with confidence when it is time for complete exterior house painting!
Williams Professional Painting
For over 40 years, Williams Professional Painting has been serving the Washington, D.C. region, including Hillandale, Maryland. We emphasize attentive customer service, exceptional craftsmanship, and unbeatable overall value. Our customers trust us to take excellent care of their homes, increasing their beauty and protecting their value.
In addition to exterior house painting, we also provide carpentry, interior painting, molding installation, kitchen cabinet painting, and much more. Use our online estimate request form to schedule your free estimate, or contact our office. We look forward to meeting you!