How long have they been in business? Seek only reputable companies that have a proven history of residential painting. With the downturn in the economy, anybody with a station wagon and a brush calls themselves a painter.
Make sure each company you interview has basic qualifications. These qualifications include a license issued by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC), full insurance that includes General Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance.
Who is doing the work? There has been a trend with some of the Baltimore Painting franchise companies to use subcontractors or piece workers to perform its work. By doing this they are avoiding payroll taxes, and the cost of keeping an employee on the payroll. Additionally, the subcontractors are being paid by the job so there is an incentive to rush the work and skip crucial steps.
Verify references; look for painting companies that have worked in your neighborhood. House painting in Guilford, Roland Park, Ruxton presents unique challenges that newer communities like Cockeysville and Timonium don’t present.
Does the painting company stand behind its work? Look for a company the offers a good warranty program. If they are license, the Maryland Home Improvement Commission requires a minimum of a 1 year warranty. 2 or 3 years is even better. I can’t tell you how many clients I have met that thought there last paint job was a bargain until the paint started peeling off after one season.
Is the company a member of the Better Business Bureau? In not, why? Is so, verify ratings. Look for an A+ rating.
Good luck and remember that ProPaint Systems meets all the qualifications to be a great Baltimore House Painter!
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