There is a very low barrier to entry in becoming a Halifax house painter. All you need is a paint brush and some paint. Voila! You’re in business for yourself as a painting contractor. Of course there are some provincial regulations around doing business as yourself, versus having a business name, but everything else equal, getting started in the business of interior/exterior house painting in HRM is pretty easy.
Now, being a great house painter, that’s a different story. In today’s post we want to share with you 5 things you should ask or at least research before hiring a local house painter to come into your home. We’d expect any one of our clients to consider each of these points before they hiring us as well.
Experience – Years in Service
When getting a quote on a project always remember to ask how many years have they been painting for and how long have then been in business. You don’t want to hire a Halifax painting contractor that just opened up shop yesterday. Also you want someone with good experience coming into your house to paint your bathrooms, living room and bedrooms right? Here at Gallagher Paint and Paper we’ve been in business since 2005 and combined have more then 25 years experience in interior/exterior house painting in Metro.
It’s also a good idea to ask who will be doing the painting in your home. Many local painting businesses (including Gallagher Paint and Paper) have more then one team handling different painting projects around town. The people painting should also have adequate experience as well.
A Registered Business
It’s a rule of thumb, but it’s a good idea to do business with companies that are registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks. A local painting contractor who takes the time to legally register their name is taking their business a bit more serious then someone posting an ad on Kijiji.ca looking for extra work.
If you’re getting a very large job done such as the entire interior or exterior of your home painted it is probably a good idea to get a reference or two of folks who have used this painters services. If the company you’re considering was referred to you by a friend then you’re probably safe here, but if you’re not feeling sure about a company or someone ask for references from past jobs. As an alternative you can also do a search in Google, Yelp or BING to see if past customers have left positive or negative reviews. Also the Better Business Bureau is a great spot to check for complaints and how they were resolved.
Workers Comp and Insurance
This is something many home owners overlook but you always want to ensure that the house painters you’re hiring have adequate insurance and workers compensation coverage. The Compensation coverage ensures that if anyone is hurt on your property that they’ll be covered. The insurance is to protect you in the off chance that someone is damaged on your property (either inside or outside) because of or directly by one of the people handling the painting project.
Very rarely is there an issue with property damage or workers getting hurt on the job site, but in that off chance that it does happen you want to be sure you’re working with a company that has adequate workers compensation coverage and insurance. This is an added cost that painting contractors must pay for and some businesses and fly by night painters won’t pay the extra cost for it.
The final question to ask or research about a Halifax house painter is who do they use for their paint? There are a few big paint shops in Halifax Metro, and most of the home painting contractors use one of these. With today’s technologies matching colours is very easy, however the quality of paint can vary. If you’re looking for a particular quality or type of paint be sure to ask where they purchase their paint and if you’re wanting a particular brand if they’re willing to buy it elsewhere.