Our culture is very familiar with the refrain that it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts. While that should not lead us to neglect our home exteriors, it is true that we spend much more of our lives viewing the interior of our homes. With so much of our lives contained between those interior walls, making them beautiful is a worthwhile investment! But how do you know which Rockville interior house painter you can trust? How can you make sure your interior painting company is a joy to work with, and not a headache?
Early Research: Narrowing Down your House Painter Options
The first step is to gather a list of house painters in the Rockville region, and then narrow it down to three or four companies. A quick search on your computer or phone will yield plenty of results. How do you narrow them down?
Don't just look at the top couple of results from your search engine. Often, these are paid results, so their placement does not represent their quality. Instead, look for reviews on sites like Google, Yelp, Homeadviser, Angie's List, and so on.
In addition to online reviews, ask your neighbors and coworkers whom they have worked with. They can help you avoid the companies they have had bad experiences with, and give you referrals for house painters they have appreciated.
Once you have narrowed down the options to three or four, it is time to get estimates and evaluate each company in person.
How the Painting Estimate Process Helps You Choose
As you begin to communicate with each Rockville painting company, evaluate their professionalism. Is there website up-to-date? Do they answer their phones or emails promptly? Are they responsive and polite? Does their estimator show up as scheduled, wearing company clothing? Do you feel like the estimator listens to you and understands your needs and goals for the project?
After these first impressions, it is time to ask some important questions. If a company is hesitant or unable/unwilling to answer them, that should be a red flag.
- Ask for proof of state licensing
- Request proof of liability and worker's compensation insurance
- Discuss what kind of warranty, if any, the company provides
How to Read a Painting Estimate
There is no standardized format for painting estimates; each company has its own way of doing this. Besides the general tidiness and professionalism, here are some details to look for:
- What level of surface preparation they will do
- Whether or not they will apply primer
- How many coats of paint they will apply
- What quality of paint will they use
- Exactly what surfaces are included or excluded
Beware of any vagueness on a written estimate. Some unscrupulous painters leave out details on purpose, and then claim that those items are extras that you need to pay above the contracted amount for.
Williams Professional Painting
As you make your list of Rockville interior house painters, consider looking at Williams Professional Painting. Since 1979, we have been serving the Washington, D.C. region with superb customer service and beautiful painting. In addition to interior painting, we also offer exterior painting, kitchen cabinet painting, carpentry, molding installation, and more!
Use our online contact form or call our office to schedule your free estimate today. We look forward to meeting you!