When it comes to comparing prices, it’s understandable you will want to hire a company you can afford. The problem is, you also need to ensure you are getting value for your money.
If you go for the lowest cost service, there is a very good chance the painter intends on using low-quality products and cutting corners to get the job done at the agreed price. It doesn’t make sense to save money in the short term if the paintwork doesn’t stand the test of time. Before you have even saved enough money in your budget for your next home improvement project, you will find you are back to needing your interior or exterior paintwork redone.
Luckily, there are plenty of signs you can look for when comparing prices and painting companies. If you make yourself a checklist you can eliminate any sole traders or businesses who don’t stand up to scrutiny. While this exercise may consume more of your time than you would like, it will be worth the effort when you get to enjoy long-lasting and durable paintwork.
Legitimate Painting Companies
The first thing you will want to check is that the painting company is a legitimate business. In this day and age, anyone can set up a website, distribute professional-looking fliers, and generally create the impression of being a legitimate business. However, there are giveaways that will help you weed out the impostors, as long as you know what to look for.
A reliable painting company will take pride in how it operates. One of the major red flags when it comes to any tradesperson is the lack of relevant credentials. If the contractors with the painting company are not licensed, it tells you a number of things. Firstly, an established company should be able to afford to license. Secondly, if the contractor isn’t licensed, you have no way of knowing they are qualified for the job.
If the potential painting company states they can save you money by cutting out “unnecessary” preparation steps, you should have cause for concern. An expert painter will assess the worksite and surfaces before determining the level of preparation required for the job. Painting projects where repairs or priming are not necessary are few and far between.
Unless the paint is being applied to a newly constructed surface that doesn’t need primer, it’s hard to think of any instance where preparation won’t play a significant role in the project. Leaving out this essential part of the process will negatively impact paint coverage and have poor results. There are other applications for primer, such as sealing stains and being used as a protective layer against unpleasant odors.
As you are paying the painting company for labor, rushing preparation is a common tactic used to lower the cost of the project. While it may seem appealing that contractors will spend less time in your home, it really isn’t worth sacrificing quality paintwork for an added day of peace and quiet. Any tentative prices should include necessary preparation, which can then be discounted after the contractor has confirmed the level of work needed.
It is better to pay extra for a company that uses quality products. When you use low-quality paint, you are guaranteed it won’t last. Paint should suit the job and the weather conditions where you live in Arizona. A reputable painting company will know this and would never attempt to win the bid on your project by skimping on the quality of products and tools.
Excellence in Customer Service
If the company doesn’t care how it treats its customers, you are all but guaranteed that their contractors will have the same work ethic. When you speak to a painting company, think about the level of customer service you receive. Are the company’s customer service representatives friendly and helpful? Do they follow through on promises and keep you informed throughout the process?
A professional painting company will value customer service as it plays an important role in customer satisfaction. Investing in quality people in one aspect of business suggests a companywide ethos. You can also deduce from high-level customer service that you are dealing with a company that hires only the best people and most likely provides the necessary training for the job.
If you are looking for a business that ticks all the boxes, you can trust in the Arizona Painting Company for professional and expert services. Call a member of our customer service team today for your first experience of excellence for your home or commercial painting projects.