Don't Rush Hiring a Painting Contractor
by Ana Laygo
We wanted to move into our condominium unit immediately so we shopped around for a house painting contractor. We only wanted minimal work done and my sister gave me the name of the painter she used. We saw his work and his rate was reasonable but a little on the high side.
When we called him to set an appointment, he said he was leaving the country and could only meet up with us after a month. Given our rush to get things done we decided to look for someone else.
We went with a painting contractor who we did not know. No references! The painting was done poorly as in the drawers dried shut so when you pried it open the paint got damaged. It was such a rush job that there was paint on our wooden floors and bathroom tiles. It just looked messy.
In the middle of the work, the main painter started calling my husband asking to get paid but we were progress paying the contractor. It turned out the painters were not even his employees but subcontractors and he was missing. You get the picture that it was a disaster from the start. We got another paint crew to finish the job.
Our first mistake was not getting references. The second was rushing.
You are going to live with the paint job for a long time so take your time. No need to rush because in the end it costs more!
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