You probably heard stories of how a house painter collects a downpayment and does not begin the work they were hired for. Perhaps they started painting, and halfway through the job, they stopped showing up. Ever wonder why this happened? Continue reading to find out why this happened. First, let's talk about house painters.
A house painter is a painter that focuses on painting residential homes. They paint the interior of houses and the exterior of the house. Although many house painters can paint the exterior of houses, most can not paint the interior. Find out in the following articles why “interior painters” are more experienced than “exterior painters.”
When thinking of painting your home, the most challenging task is hiring the right house painter. Hire a painter based on their experience. Yes, painting is not complex, but what is hard is managing, estimating, and having a team to finish on time. Hire a painter that has over 10 years of experience. When a painter has 10+ years of experience, this just means that they have a moderate level of expertise. They are still learning the trade. But they have enough experience and knowledge to be able to do a simple home. The more luxurious home is, the more experienced an interior painter must be.
Hire only a painting contractor, painter, or painting company with a valid license from the state of California. Hiring someone without a valid license in Orange County, Ca, is against the law and falls under California Business and Professions Code Section 7028. It's a misdemeanor for a person to act and make bids in the amount of $500 or greater within the state of California Any individual that makes an offer and charges more than $500.00 for a project must be licensed. An individual may not do a project and break it down into 5 projects to work around this. Penalties are severe.
Insurance companies will only give policies to licensed individuals or entities. Insurance companies will never insure handymen(handypersons) or individuals with no valid license. So if someone with no license tells you they have insurance, it’s not true. If you hire an unlicensed individual and they bring helpers, you will ultimately be liable for any potential injuries and lawsuits if anyone gets hurt on your property. That is why it’s crucial to always ask for insurance and workers comp insurance.
Workers comp insurance is an insurance policy that protects the employees from any unsafe conditions or negligent acts during the time of employment; employers are ultimate. For example, if you hire an unlicensed painting contractor, ADU contractor, or any type of contractor who is not insured and their workers get hurt, an owner will be liable. Since the contractor doesn’t have insurance, the employees will seek compensation, which means the property owner will be sued. Do you really want to be liable for someone? Make sure to hire someone with insurance.Always request workers comp insurance for anyone you hire. SKY EDIFICE Painters in Huntington Beach are a few of the painters in Orange County that are licensed by the state of California and are fully insured.
A professional painting company should have its own website, such as https://skyedifice.com(link). Do not hire those unlicensed contractors that use Facebook, Instagram or yelp as their website. Using this type of resource to make a decision can cause a property owner a lot of money. Yelp is not a review website, it's a website for advertising. You see what they want you to see. Instead, ask for referrals of past clients, ask neighbors, ask the painting company to provide referrals of past clients, call the clients, ask for pictures, look at their portfolio and most importantly, take a look at the contractor's professionalism and communication skills.
Professionalism and communication are key to a successful business and a massive list of clients. No one likes to communicate with mean or grumpy people. Hire a house painter that answers your question the way you want to be talked to. If they don’t provide you with the answer you want, look for another painter.
Coming Soon Part 2 on “Hiring The Right House Painter.”
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