Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Nasty Surprises on a Painting Job? Avoid Them!
When you're thinking about painting the interior of your home, you should be thinking of the wonderful colours you'll choose, or the way you'll finish decorating after your place is painted. You should not be nervous about ending up with something that isn't at all what you want: a poor job, poor quality paint, or just something that's not quite what you had in mind.
Take some time to choose the right painter, and you can avoid getting an unpleasant shock when the work is done.
First, make sure you choose painters with some qualifications. For example, Courtney & Wise are Master Painters and Dulux Certified Painters. When you hire us, you don't have to take our word for it about our qualifications. We have proof. We're certified in Lead Paint Management, we've won awards for the excellence of our painting, and we've been in business in Sydney for two generations. Make sure that your painters have similar qualifications.
Second, make sure that the quotation or estimate you receive contains all the information you need. Our quotations fully detail the complete schedule of the scope of works to be undertaken, preparation of the surfaces for optimal coating and the finish coat system and products to be applied. If your quotation doesn't specify these things, you won't know exactly what you're getting. You also won't be able to compare the quotes usefully. That is, a quote from one painter may seem to be lower than another, but the two may not be offering the same scope of work or planning to use the same products. A complete quotation assures you that you're getting just what you expect.
Third, make sure that your painters are fully compliant with legal requirements, fully insured, and licensed with the Department of Fair Trading. Skipping this step can leave you unprotected against future liabilities. Any reputable painting firm should be able and willing to prove their compliance with all these requirements.
Doing this little bit of homework won't take you as long as choosing the colours you want to use, and it will save you from disappointment.