As a homeowner are you asking the right questions before hiring a painting contractor?
Exactly what painting questions should I be asking?
Does a painter need to be licensed? In Fort Myers? Sanibel? Cape Coral? Naples? Bonita?
What type of license does a painting contractor need so I am protected as a homeowner?
Do I need proof of Workers Compensation Coverage from my contractor?
Why hire a painter with Workers Compensation, won't my homeowners insurance policy protect me?
Please watch the above two video's before hiring any contractor to work on your home.
Hopefully the video's were educational for you, these problems relate to all contractors, including painters!
Here is some good advice and questions to ask before hiring a painter for your next painting project.
Ron's Painting-Fort Myers would like to help you with these questions and many more. In the forty plus years that I have been painting, most of which I have been painting in Fort Myers, Naples, Sanibel, Captiva and Bonita, I have heard a lot of night mares homeowners have experienced with painters. This is why I have created this page to help educate homeowners on what to look for when hiring a painting contractor in Southwest Florida. It doesn't matter the size of your painting project. It is very important to get all of the facts before you commit yourself to a painting contractor to paint your Fort Myers area home. Some of the advice I have written can be used in hiring other types of contractors for different remodeling projects you also may have. Some of this advice pertains to interior painting and some to exterior painting. This advice will help homeowners who live up north, but some of the advice given for exterior painting may only pertain to homes in warm climates like Southwest Florida.
Please don't hesitate to call Ron, President of Ron's Painting with any other questions or concerns that you may have when it comes to hiring a painting contractor to paint your Southwest Florida home. Ron would also like to have the opportunity to give you a complimentary estimate for your next painting project. He can be reached at 239-275-0425.
Hiring a painting contractor in Southwest Florida should involve more than just making a few phone calls and picking out colors. It is one of the most popular home improvement projects you can undertake, but it can be more difficult than you might think. After all, these painters will spend several days painting your home and working around all of your prized possessions. It pays to take some time to evaluate who will be doing this type of home improvement project. Homeowners should understand some of the consequences of hiring a unlicensed painting contractor. They can be left with dangerous, faulty, or unfinished work. The unlicensed painting contractor most likely doesn't have insurance. The homeowner will be accountable for accidents on the job and damage resulting from the work. A professional painting contractor will take pride in their work and won't jeopardize their reputation by cutting corners and using inferior paints and materials.
In February 2014 I had the honor of attending a meeting with Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass along with Lee County Chief Code Enforcement Officer Rick Roberts at a breakfast meeting. They were asked them to attend the breakfast meeting to help educate licensed contractors on how we can help Lee County put a stop to unlicensed contracting. They listened to our concerns regarding unlicensed contractors and we are working together to help educate homeowners on what to look for in hiring a licensed contractor.
Before you hire a painting contractor, here are some things homeowners should take into consideration.
To check on a contractor to see if they are licensed to paint in Southwest Florida, here are some phone numbers to help you. Please ask if the contractor is licensed and if there are any complaints against them. Lee County 239-533-8895, Sanibel 239-472-8321, Cape Coral 239-574-0430 and Collier County 239-252-2431.
Many times when homeowners are getting painting estimates they rely on the expertise of the painting contractor to guide them thru the different paint manufacturers and grades of paints. Most painters prefer a certain paint manufacturer and a certain grade of paint. It is not always in the best interest of the homeowner. Before you rely on your painter to guide you thru this process please visit the below links to help educate yourself on the different grades of paint. Depending on the grade of paint from each manufacturer it will determine how often you have to repaint. It can vary from 3 years to sometimes 12 years. At the top of each page is the best grades from each manufacturer.
Sherwin Williams Interior Paints
Sherwin Williams Exterior Paints
PPG/Porter Interior/Exterior Paint Products- "Click on Products"
Here is a great painting tip that can help you decide who you want to hire for your next home painting project. Once you have narrowed down the painting contractors you want to hire, and before you sign the contract, call the painting contractor and ask him where he buys his paint and the location of the store. Is it from Sherwin Williams, PPG, Home Depot, Lowes, Benjamin Moore, Porter, or Povia. I believe this is about all of the paint companies in town that sell paint. Call the paint company, except for Lowes or Home Depot and ask to speak to the store manager, then ask the manager what grades of paint he recommends for interior painting or exterior painting of a home, then give him the name of your painting contractor you want to hire and ask what grade of paint does this painting contractor usually buy. This will tell you a lot about your painting contractor. Then go to the website and read what it says about that grade of paint. Then you will know if the painting contractor you are about to hire is really going to put on what he tells you or is your painter switching the paint for a lesser grade of paint. Feel free to call Tom Will Store Manager at Sherwin Williams on US 41 and Cleveland Ave., 239-936-8558 in Fort Myers and ask him what grades of paint Ron's Painting uses when he paints the interior or the exterior of a home.
Please don't hesitate to call Ron, the owner of Ron's Painting with any other questions or concerns that you may have when it comes to hiring a painting contractor to paint your Southwest Florida home. Ron would also like to have the chance to give you a complimentary estimate for your next painting project. He can be reached at 239-275-0425.
Ron's Painting-Fort Myers has compiled a short list of important painting questions that you can print so you can compare your painting proposals. The form is a combination of both interior painting and exterior painting. This way you can compare three painting contractors depending on what your next painting project us. To go to the list to please click on "Contractor Comparison Questions for Painting" , then you can downloaded the form into your computer then print the form. I hope this painting comparison sheet will help you make a educated decision on hiring your next painting contractor when it comes to painting your Southwest Florida home. We at Ron's Painting-Fort Myers hope that you will consider us when it is time for your next painting project in Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva Island, Cape Coral, Naples,Bonita area's of Southwest Florida. Please call us at 239-275-0425 for a complimentary estimate.
Homeowners should always check with their homeowners insurance company to see if their are any restrictions in hiring a licensed contractor. Some insurance companies may not cover losses due to the homeowner hiring a unlicensed contractor.
Ron Rooker of Ron's painting is a licensed painting contractor in Lee and Collier County, as well as Cape Coral, and Sanibel Island. The above information or the information on my website is not legal advice and does not create at attorney/client relationship. This is information is to help educate the homeowner so they can hire smart. I strongly advise confer with your own attorney or insurance company in your state to verify the above mentioned information and insure proper advice is received.
Below is a video from Bill Meginley, owner of WDM Construction. This is what he found when the homeowner hired WDM Constructionto remodel the master bathroom. He put blue tape over the door casings so they could hang plastic in order to control the dust from the bathroom spreading thoughout the home. When he pulled off the tape from the door casing the paint came off with it. He shot this video and shared it with me to so I could show homeowners what you get when hiring a unlicensed, lowest priced , unexperienced painter to paint the interior of a home. Now every bit of millwork on the inside of the home must be removed and replaced, all doors, door casings, baseboards, bi-fold doors, and crown molding. Homeowner definately did not save any money on this one.