Finding an experienced and professional painting company in Ottawa these days can prove to be difficult, with the surge of online searches for best local painters and painting contractors, the abundance of selection that comes from the google search can be daunting.
Over the last 10 to 15 years painting businesses in the Ottawa area area have increased enormously. What used to be a yellow page listing of about 20 or so professional painting businesses has now surged to well over 100 painting companies that show up in your local search for painters results.
We outline a few tips on how you can find the best local painters for your next project.
What To Look For When Searching For Painters In Ottawa
For some it might be an easy task to painting the interior or exterior of a home using a simple paint can and a paint brush for professional results requires skill, knowledge and experience and it can be harder than it looks after getting started.
There are so many more things that professional painters do when you hire them. Let’s break down what you need to know to find a qualified painter and what to look for when searching for the best painters near you.
What Is a Painting Contractor
A painting contractor is a small operation, usually consisting of one person who is the sole proprietor. Some painting contractors work on their own while others can have few experienced painters working for their small company. While most painting contractors get hired directly by the homeowner, others are sub-contractors and are hired through a general contractor or franchisee owner.
How to Find The Best Painters Near You
Painters are often local and in your area. Unlike franchised painting companies that are usually owned and operated by big corporate U.S. companies, local painting companies are normally run by local Ottawa people who live in your neighborhood.
The difference between a locally owned and operated painting business and a franchise, is that you will almost always get the locally owned painting company to do the work themselves instead of sub-contracting it out to less experienced painters.
Painters not only perform the task of painting, but their experience and knowledge of the industry usually go further than painting. They perform other tasks like plaster and drywall repairs, minor carpentry work like trim and moulding, stipple ceiling removal or repair, as well as wallpaper removal to perfect the end result for their clients.
How To Find Local Ottawa Painting Companies
Although it can be easy to find local painting contractors in a google search, we recommend you start by asking family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Typically if they have worked with a painting company that they were happy with they’ll gladly recommend them.
Someone that has already done work for someone you know and they are happy with the results and trust the painters they hired helps to narrow your search.
When searching online to find painters here are a few extra tips on what to look for when hiring a painter.
Find out more about the painter that will be working in your home. Find out how long they have been in the painting business, where and how did they get their training.
Know how to tell the difference between the real and fake online reviews when you watch this consumer report about online reviews.
Remember to write down or bookmark the sites of the painting company you find most impressive after reading through their website. Once you have found 3 or 4 simply go back to their websites contact them by giving them a call or sending an email.
Painting Cost and Estimate
When you have selected your 3 to 4 paint contractors or maybe you find just that one painter who really impressed you from the get go it’s a great idea if you have an itemized list of all your wants and needs to be included in your painting project.
Make a list of questions to ask the painters that include which rooms you will want to have painted, if the ceiling, trim and baseboards are to be painted as well or if it’s just the walls. Include painting of any doors and frames, and any other specific details you need addressed before the painter visits your home for your painting estimate.
A professional painter will do a walk through with you and go through your list of required painting services and address any concerns or questions you may have.
You will want to discuss if the quote includes repairs to drywall imperfections, holes or cracks in the walls or ceilings. Experienced painters will be able to help you with choosing a paint color and paint finishes choices. Give you advice on the best quality of paint products to use for your project and recommend the brand of paint to use and how paint colors can bring the most value to your home.
The Lowest Painting Estimate Doesn’t Always Mean The Best Painters
Although it might seem obvious that we all want to save money when it comes to painting your house there are a few things you should consider before hiring someone.
A cheap painter is typically also an inexperienced painter. You may get a low ball price but what you may end up getting is someone without any experience.
You may find yourself getting a low bid but find that not everything you were wanting to get done is included in that price.
Many low balling offers will only include painting the walls with one coat of paint instead of the standard two. You won’t get the finer details of the work done such as repairing any of the nicks or imperfections to drywall, filling any holes or cracks with filler or caulking ensure that a primer is used for best coverage and adhesion of paint products. Paint primers are specially important in high moisture level areas such as kitchens and bathrooms to help prevent any issues with mold and mildew buildup.
Be cautious of the lowest bid, as this may result in you having to spend more than what you had budgeted for and may not get the work you were expecting.
We recommend you compare two or three painting companies, get a thorough estimate for the work to be done.
How To Find Painters In Ottawa
If you need more information and are looking for house painting tips before making your final decision. Before choosing the one that will be working with you and your family in your home you can also ask yourself:
- Who seemed to be the most experienced and knowledgeable in their field and in what they were talking about
- Who were you most at ease and comfortable with both in communication and having in your home as this will be the person working in your home around your family, pets etc.
- Who was the most courteous, respectful and understanding of what your house painting project needs are.
- And of course which painter gave you the most attention to detail and answered all your questions. Who best explained the scope of the entire painting job.
These are a just a few considerations that should help you to narrow that search of finding a professional painter near you. PG PAINT & DESIGN painters in Ottawa are here to help for your interior and exterior painting.
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This post was originally published on Jan 17, 2016 and edited on May 16, 2021