In Minnesota, there is no kind of shortage in painting contractors (or companies). In fact, if anything, homeowners have to worry about being overwhelmed with just how many choices there really are.
After all, not all painters work in the same way, and there’s a differing quality standard that exists from one person or company to the next.
That’s why we’re here. We’ll let you know what it is you should look for in a painting company and why those things matter.
We all know that a couple of good reviews can be faked here and there, but the reality is that most are legitimate. Very few painters take the time to fake more than 1 or 2 reviews (if they do it at all). If the painter you’re looking at has 10, 20, 30, or even 50+ positive reviews to lean on, you can be confident that they’ll do a great job for you as well.
Look for the rating that all of the reviews combined average out to. If you’re worried that a painting company might have faked some positive reviews, you can rest assured in this – it’s very difficult to remove negative reviews.
Negative reviewers are probably the most likely to take the time to share their frustration. Because of this, a bad painting company will feature a low aggregate rating. If you don’t see any negative reviews or see just a couple, your contractor is probably in the clear.
When you look for reviews, check third party sites like Google, Facebook, or the like. These are the places that you’re most likely to find authentically satisfied customers.
We don’t want to be one of those painting companies that insists on paying extravagant prices to get good quality work. In fact, we don’t think that it’s always necessary to take the highest bid you get.
That being said, it’s only fair to warn against companies with low ball pricing tactics. In most cases, the painting industry has some form of pricing standard – the majority of the bids that you receive should fall somewhere close to each other so that you’ll see some kind of average.
If you can save a few bucks, that’s great, but beware the companies that offer to do the work for half the price or less. In these cases, you can assume that corners are being cut and that attention to detail will be at a minimum.
Would you want to ride on a plane flown by a first-time pilot? In a less life-threatening way, you’re doing the same kind of thing by choosing to work with a painter that doesn’t have any experience in mastering their craft.
There are a lot of painting companies out there that either work with first-time painters or are run entirely by first-timers.
We’re not against newcomers entering into the industry, but we’d encourage you to beware of the fact that practice really does make perfect. If you’re looking for a professional’s touch on a major job, you might be better served to partner with a company that’s been in the industry for years with dozens or even hundreds of satisfied customers.
Different people are suited best by different painters, but these are a few of the things that we think just about everyone is after. After all, no one wants to pay for a professional’s touch only to end up with amateur work.
If you read through this article and are still undecided on your house painter, we’d love for you to give us a try. Evaluate us on these criteria and let us know what you think! We’d be happy to give you a free quote.