Mt Pleasant SC Painters What to Avoid

March 4, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

When choosing painters to paint your Mount Pleasant SC home there are some red flags that should be avoided.  Most people do an internet search for Mount Pleasant SC house painters and are instantly overwhelmed by hundreds of painters the show-up.

Mt Pleasant SC Painters

Don’t Walk, Run From an Estimate Like This

It’s easy to weed out some just by looking at their website. Choose three painters and schedule a time to meet and get a painting quote. So now what? Do you choose the cheapest guy? Do you choose the painter you felt most comfortable with? If you look deeper into the painting quote you may find out why one is cheaper than the other.

 What to Look for in a Painting Quote

When a painter submits a quote to paint your Mt Pleasant house you need to look at the details. Does the quote include what kind of paint will be used? If not the chances are that the paint will be of lesser quality. Does the quote specify what prep work will be done? If not written in the quote don’t expect that there will be any. Does the quote specify how many coats of paint will be applied? If not written in the quote don’t expect to get more than one coat of paint without an up charge for more. Basically, if the painters quote doesn’t say something do not expect that it will be included. Many painters will give a low price to get in the door and then hit you with unexpected charges once the job is underway.

Communication and Professionalism

Communication is crucial in any relationship, the same goes for dealing with a Mt Pleasant house painting contractor. Was your call returned in a timely fashion? When your call was returned was the individual you dealt with speak kindly or were they rude? Chances are that if you didn’t receive the proper communication and professionalism up to this point it will not get better later on.

License and Insurance

In South Carolina, all painters are required to be licensed through the state. DO NOT hire a painting contractor that is not licensed, if you do and they are caught working without one they will be shut down and unable to complete your project. Click here to verify whether or not a company or individual is licensed. Insurance is also a vital thing to consider when hiring a Mount Pleasant painter, do not hire someone without it. If a painting contractor is uninsured and damage is done to your house or property you will need to absorb the cost to fix or replace it. Also if an employee gets hurt while working on your property and the painter is not insured you will be left open to lawsuits. When Paragon Painting meets with you to give a quote we provide our insurance information and a copy of our South Carolina residential specialty contractor license.

Looking to the Future

We have all been guilty of buying a product solely based on price. We have also regretted those decisions when the product doesn’t last long and we have to pay more to replace it. The same goes for painters, usually, the cheapest isn’t the best. Normally cheaper painters use cheaper paints, which in turn do not hold up long. You’ll pay more up front for better products but they pay for themselves in the long run. Hiring a reputable high-quality painting company will result in an overall better product. Running a reputable company will also require high operating costs. Better employees require high wages, training is also important. Don’t make a decision that will cost more in the future. Choose the reputable company and you’ll be happy you did!

Call Paragon Painting

Call Paragon Painting, for all your interior painting needs. We are licensed, insured, and will always give you a detailed painting quote with a fair price. Paragon Painting is a family owned and operated interior and exterior residential painting contractor. We service the entire Charleston, SC area including:

SummervilleMt PleasantMoncks Corner, Folly Beach, Ladson, North Charleston, Hanahan, James Island, Sullivans Island, and beyond. We are the exterior and interior house painting experts, call us at 843-695-9450

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About the Author (Author Profile)

I've been brought up in the painting industry and have learned everything I know from my father Paul Briggs. He is the founder of Paragon Painting and I joined him full time in 2003 after graduating college. I am now happily married with two beautiful children ages two and five.

Comments (1)

  1. What a great article on hiring a painter. This article goes deeper then just hiring a painter it can be applied to many other home improvement contractors as well. Reminds me of the old saying
    “good work ain’t cheap and cheap work ain’t good” .

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