Choosing a painting contractor

23 September 2015

When choosing a painting contractor, whether exterior or interior, commercial painting or residential, it is important to know that cost is not the only factor to be considered. It is a good idea to ask for estimates from several contractors before hiring, but how do you know which contractor is right for you?

All paint jobs are not the same. You want to make sure that the painting contractor you hire is offering you the quality you are expecting before deciding to just go with the lowest quote. Quite often the lowest quote, means that the contractor might be cutting corners somewhere – usually with the amount of surface preparation. Be sure to understand exactly what the contractor is including, so you don’t get any nasty surprises or paint failure.

Details to pay attention to include:
- How many coats of paint
- What level of surface preparation
- Application method – brush and roll vs. spray
- Scheduling – time frame

In addition to quality and price, it is important to review the painting contractor’s reputation. Look through their website or ask if they have any references, or places you can go to see some of their previous work. A painting contractor who does excellent paint work and proud of, will readily have information available to you. Make sure that you feel comfortable developing a working relationship with the company.

At Smith and Winfield, we pride ourselves on our long standing reputation and our rich heritage in the painting industry. We are accredited by Master Builders along with many other awards, visit our website www.smithwinfield.co.za. This means that we uphold our work to impeccable standards. We enjoy having a working relationship with our customers, and have confidence that our customers can look to us as professionals in our field.