There are six different things that should be part of any contract for a painting job. Verify that all six of these points are covered, and feel free to ask detailed questions about any of them before the job has begun.
Once you have chosen a painting contractor that you can trust, the next step is to request a contract. Having a written contract allows you to know exactly what the painting job will cover, and it protects you from possible disputes over expectations and performance. When you have it all in writing, there is no debate.
1. What exactly will be painted? Don’t assume something will be done as part of a room or the house. Include which rooms, the trim, the molding, additional architectural features and anything else that needs to be covered.
2. What colors will be painted where? The brand, color, finish and other details of the paint should be listed, including which color goes in which area.
3. How will the area be prepped and cleaned? Is the painter or the homeowner responsible for any of these steps? Sometimes a better price can be negotiated if the client offers to take on some of the work.
4. How will possessions be protected? From plants to patio furniture, there needs to be a plan to keep a homeowner's possessions in good condition. Will they be moved or covered by the painter? What happens if something gets damaged?
5. How much time will the job take? Your written contract should include an estimated time of completion, as well as a start date.
6. How and when is payment made? Does the painter require a deposit, to be paid in stages, or to be given payment all at once at the end of the job? What form will payment take: cash, credit card or check?
Once these six points are settled, your painter can get started, and you can know you’ll soon be able to enjoy your newly painted home.
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