Looking for a contractor?
Choosing the right person for the job can seem like a daunting task. We recommend that you take the following information into consideration:
- Be specific about what you want done. Often, the bulk of the work is preparatory. Outline for prospective contractors exactly what you expect. This should become part of your final contract. If unsure, your prospective contractor or Ithaca Paint can make recommendations.
- Be specific about the products you want used. As above, this should become part of your final contract. If you need recommendations for this too, ask your prospective contractor or contact us to arrange a free house-paint survey.
- Obtain at least two written estimates that include the above information.
- Require proof of liability and workman's compensation insurance. Professionals who take their career seriously carry their own insurance. They may be more expensive, but the risk to you, the homeowner, is greatly diminished.
- Require and confirm at least 2 references.
- The fine points. After the above criteria has been met, you still may need to narrow things down. Ask: Did the contractor seem organized, knowledgeable and courteous? Were they punctual? Do they seem honest and trustworthy?
- Get it in writing! Once you've made your choice, make sure all payment and work agreements are detailed in writing.