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 A Painter In Ottawa
Some home improvement projects can be easily done by homeowners, while other projects like painting should be left to the professionals. While it might seem that painting the interior or exterior of a home is easy peasy, and all it would take was a simple paint can and a paint brush, it can be harder than it looks.
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 can be your neighbor.
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.
What is the best way to find local painters
Although it can be easy to find local painting contractors in a google search, it is recommended you ask family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, if they have worked with a painting company that they would recommend. If they know someone they have already worked with, that they have trusted and were happy with the work they received, it helps narrow your search and avoid frustration to find and choose a professional painter to work with.
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, like how long have they been in the painting business, where and how did they get their training. Review work they have previously done by viewing their online photos, and take the opportunity to read reviews and testimonials provided by their happy clients rather than some fake reviews that businesses have paid to have featured to boost their star ratings. Know how to tell the difference between the real and fake online reviews when you watch this consumer report about online reviews.
Typically when you begin your search for a local professional house painter a number of results will be revealed and it’s the perfect start to connecting and finding. 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.
Preparing for the painting cost 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 aspects of your painting project.
It can include which rooms you will want to have painted, if the ceiling, trim and baseboards are to be painted, if any of the doors and frames need painting, 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 painting services as well ensure all other things are addressed. From drywall imperfections, holes or cracks in the walls or ceilings that need to be repaired, and a good painter 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, which brand and how paint colors can bring the most value.
When deciding on a professional painter, the lowest bid is not necessarily always the best
Although it might seem obvious that we all want to save money, when it comes to painting your house there are a few things to consider.
A cheap painter is also an inexperienced painter. Yes they may low ball the price but they don’t fully understand the scope of the work to be done. They might start off with a particular quoted dollar figure but as they get further into the project they realize they need more money and you the homeowner is now left wondering why.
Well…. the low ball price wanted the job badly so they gave you the lowest price. 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.
Which of your local painters should you give the job to?
If you need more information and are looking for Quality House Painting Tips before making your final decision. 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 in 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. If you need more advice, tips or inspiration, visit our other blog posts.
This post was originally published on Jan 17, 2016 and edited on Apr 18, 2020