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Tips for Finding Local Painting Contractors

19 March 2024

Monnick Supply - Painting Contractors

1. Do Your Homework

A simple online search that includes your ZIP code will yield painting contractors’ websites and ratings, as well as customer testimonials. If you don’t see images of past painting projects, email the painters directly for examples of their work.

Explore social media to find painters’ Instagram and Facebook accounts, which usually feature before-and-after photos, project videos, and perhaps even recorded customer testimonials. Local community Facebook pages are also great resources.

In addition to searching online, reach out to your colleagues, friends and family. If you know someone—anyone—who has had painting work done, be sure to ask them for a referral. Call or visit your locally owned store for recommendations. These independently owned businesses are integral parts of their communities and are often well acquainted with many home improvement professionals working in your neighborhood.

2. Book Consultations with Painters in Your Area

Whether you are meeting a professional painting contractor online or in person, look for a professional and polite demeanor. This person will likely be spending time in and around your home, so make sure you have a good rapport.

When describing your project during the consultation, ask to receive more than one option tied to different products (primer, paint and stain, for example), and ask the candidate to explain the differences. Doing so will not only help you make an informed decision but also give you a strong sense of the painter’s professional knowledge of their craft.

3. Get Three Quotes from Professional Painters Near You

It’s a common question: How much does it cost to paint a room?

Not surprisingly, pricing varies depending on whether the job includes one room, an entire floor, the full exterior of your home, or a deck. Plan three consultations and get quotes from each painting contractor.

Be sure to specify all the details of your painting project up front. If meeting virtually, be prepared to provide photos and measurements.

Estimates are typically free, but if you are unclear about any of the estimate’s pricing, simply ask. Painting contractors are professionals and should be prepared to explain all pricing to you in detail.

4. Find a Painter and Get a Written Contract

After comparing the estimates and choosing the best painting contractor for you, request a written contract. A written contract is imperative and will help you manage expectations and avoid surprises. Upon delivery, your contract should include the following:

  • Details on surface preparation
  • What paint products will be applied
  • Timing and schedule
  • Payment terms

While trackable payments like checks and digital money transfers provide an extra layer of security, if you opt to pay in cash, make sure you have an email chain or a signed receipt verifying the exchange. A lack of documentation may cause problems later.

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Marlborough, MA
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Framingham, MA
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135 Maple St.
Marlborough MA 01752
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(508) 318-4788
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759 Waverly St.
Framingham MA 01702
United States
(508) 386-9876
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Sun 10am - 4pm