Is anyone ever sure what to look for in hiring painting contractors? Let’s look at a few types of Paining contractors first. There are Residential, Commercial, and Faux painting contractors.You may want to check out What to Look for in a Painting Contractor for more.
The residential contractors of course specialize in the interior and exterior painting of homes or flats. There are a few things that you should know before hiring a contractor to paint for you. Think about how many sq feet that you are having painted. This is important because a gallon of paint will cover 400sq feet. Using this information will help you decide how much paint will be required and how much of the estimate that you get is for the paint and the labour and clean up.
The commercial contractors specialize in office Buildings, and apartment complexes. These contractors usually have a larger crew of workers and so the price for their service will be higher. Look for contractors that will include things like discounts for multi-level buildings, or have a free clean up service club. These deals will usually cut down the estimate a little.
The Faux contractors are special. They are the Contractors that are known more as painting and decorators. These painting decorators provide a different type of service. Where the other contractors will give you a price based on labour, paint and clean up, these painting and decorators will give you a price based on this. These are the painters that will provide a paint job that will look like the outside of a stucco townhouse on the inside of a restaurant.
Estimates consist of the price that the contractor will pay for the material, the labour of employing a helper or however many would be needed to get the job done in a certain timeframe, and the clean up service. It was stated earlier that the amount of paint that would be needed to cover the area requested of the contractor would be important and this is why. Based on the sq footage that you would want to cover tells you how many gallons of paint you will need. One Gallon of Paint is usually 9.99 pounds up to 38.00pounds! So taking that into consideration the painting contractors will charge about 75-80% of the total estimate for clean up and labour.
Another money-saving tip for you is to get not only one but three or four quotes from some local contractors so that you can compare and go with the estimate that you feel is best. The estimates will usually be within a couple hundred pounds of each other. This verifies that all the contractors are being on the up and up with you. If you get an estimate that seems really low, don’t take that one first, as they may be using under grade equipment or something. So don’t always assume that the lowest estimate is the best!