Why hire a pro?

Here are a few good reasons:

Before you decide to “do it yourself” or hire the least expensive painter you can find, here are some points to consider that suggest the lowest price may not be the best value.

Safety: Painting can be hazardous work, whether its working on a ladder or dealing with solvents and dust. Hiring a professional contractor means you don’t have to worry about these problems.

Health: If your home was built before 1978, it was almost certainly painted with lead-based paint, which can cause serious health effects when it is scraped or sanded in preparation for repainting. C.C.P. will take appropriate steps to protect you. As of June 1, 1999, remodeling contractors, including painters, will be required to furnish EPA produced pamphlets to their customers before they begin a job that involves disturbing lead-based paint. C.C.P. will understand and be willing to follow the recommendations on this pamphlet.

Preparation: Getting the surface properly prepared makes all the difference. C.C.P. knows the value of preparation and do it right. Knowing Paints and How to Apply Them: The choices today are more complicated than just oil or latex, and C.C.P. will know what works, how to use it, and will have the right tools for the job

Clean-up and Disposal: Hiring a professional contractor like C.C.P. means you don’t have to worry about dealing with paint residues and other leftovers. Professionals will know how to handle hazardous wastes that may be part of the job. How to Choose the Right Contractor for Your Project Once you have decided to contract with someone to do a particular painting and decorating project, how do you go about selecting the right firm? Do you make your selection on price, size of company, years in business, or other criteria?

Reputable contractors will encourage the use of a written contract. This contract should clearly explain the scope of the work to be performed. It should also cover such items as surfaces to be painted, methods and extent of surface preparation, time schedules for the project, and payment procedures.

Knowing the total scope of the work enables you to carefully evaluate the different bids you may receive with the proper information and keep them on a level playing field. The contract serves to protect both you and the contractor. Some bids might be cheaper, but look closely at the work that is going to be performed on the contract. If the cheaper bid left out a step that is needed to be done in order to get a quality job most likely they are going to add on more work after they got their foot in the door. I’ve seen it done many of times. One contractor quotes you a cheaper price and does the work, but then it looks bad. So then they tell you how much more it is going to cost to fix it, and in turn the cheaper bid ends up costing you more in the long run.

Discuss any guarantee or warranty programs the contractor may offer. Ask about the manufacturer’s warranty on the products to be used on your project. Remember you are looking for long-term durability from the paint job. The use of high quality products is as important as the selection and performance of the contractor.

Carter Custom Painting is very eager for your business. We are also very proud of our craftsmanship. Once you have made your selection, step back and give the professional (C.C.P.)room to execute the project. You have both done your homework, so give the professional the opportunity to meet and exceed your expectations. Remember, as with anything else in life, you get what you pay for. If you want high quality and reliable service, Use C.C.P. for your next project. Be willing to pay the price that comes with a good quality paint job. Good luck with your painting projects.

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