Checking Out Your Contractor

All contractors are supposed to have a license before they can legally carry out any trade work what so ever! These licenses basically state that they are able bodied to do such jobs and have passed all the necessary requirements and tests that they need to get the status of a licensed contractor. The ROC or Register of Contractors is the governing body for contractors licenses. Their exams and criteria for being a licensed contractor is thorough.

If a contractor carries out work they are not licensed for and the work is less than satisfactory, then you have spent money for a job that needs to be redone or repaired. Money that again will have to come out of your pocket. With a licensed contractor, should something go wrong, the ROC is your go to organization to get solutions. The ROC is there to protect the consumer against unscrupulous companies. The ROC can’t protect you against contractors that are not licensed.

There are two different types of licensing that a company has to obtain. The state license states that the company can do business within that state, and the ROC license. If a company is licensed with the ROC they need to have the ROC # visible on their trucks and in their advertising and business cards. You can always check the ROC # through the Register of Contractors website at http://www.azroc.gov/forms/contractorsearch.html. On the website you can see if the license is current, what type of license they hold, and if there have been any complaints against the company along with the owner information. Always a good idea to check out who you are planning to hire to do your home projects.

Licenses are important and it is up to you to make sure that your contractor has a full and valid license!

Why Hire a Licensed Contractor?

It is important to make sure that who ever you hire to do work on your home is not only Licensed, Bonded and Insured, but also Licensed with the ROC (Arizona Register of Contractors).  There are so many scams and people working without the proper licenses, to do the work contracted.  This can result in damage to your home, a job done badly, or worse.  Some scammers will have you pay up front for materials and never show up, or show up do a lousy job and expect payment at completion, and you may not notice until after they are gone.  If they are not registered or licensed with the ROC, you may not have a leg to stand on in recovery your money or getting the repairs needed to have the job done right.

Cheap labor sounds great but in the end it could cost you much more than if you hired a contractor with all the correct licensing and insurance in place.   To know if someone is registered and licensed, first they should have an ROC # on their paperwork, fliers, website and business cards.  But even those can be fake, so double check with the ROC before you hire to make sure that the company you want to do the job is truly licensed and registered.

Don’t be the victim of a scammer.  Find out more about the ROC and how they can help protect you as the consumer.

Some Great Articles for Reading:
Why hire a licensed contractor?   http://www.azroc.gov/Invest/why_hire_licensed.html
How to Avoid Becoming a Victim.   http://www.azroc.gov/Invest/protect_yourself.html
“10 Tips for Hiring a Contractor” by Popular Mechanics: 

Professional Painting Does Make a Difference

People usually think that DIY is the cheapest route to take when it comes to painting. However, this might not be a wise decision in the long run. As a layman, you might not be aware of the correct painting techniques that will make it last for years. This means frequent touch-ups which may prove to be expensive. That is why it is best to leave the job to professionals.

Quality

A reputable company will take the quality of their painting service very seriously. Choosing the wrong paint can lead to deterioration of your home with issues like adhesion problems on your stucco, cracks or fading over time. Experienced painters with proper training and knowledge know about different types of paint brands, so they can ascertain the paint that is suitable for your home and will last for several years.

Professionalism

It is important to get true value for money. When you approach professional painters, they take your requirements into account and get the job done exactly as you want it. Representatives will inspect the area, understand your vision, and then provide a feasible solution.

Flexibility

Your time is very important. Professional painters understand that you need your home and workplace to function without disruptions, which is why they will adjust their schedule to ensure that they don’t get in the way of day-to-day operations.

Expenses

Professionals generally provide a flat fee for the painting instead of charging by the hour. The latter might sound cheaper but in case there is rain or a storm, the work needs to be stopped, and yet the rate has to be paid. Keep in mind that this is a solid investment that will last for years. The fee is quoted only after your home or office has been thoroughly inspected by company representatives.

Insurance and Warranty

Reliable firms will have an insurance policy in case there is an incident while the job is going on. If there is no insurance, you are financially liable for any accidents that occur while the painters are doing their work. Professional painters will offer a top-of-the-line warranty as well, which means that they are basically guaranteeing that you don’t have bother about painting for a few years.

Southwest Professional Painting prides itself on providing services that are responsive and convenient, whether it is a residential or commercial job. Feel free to call us or drop off an email if you have any questions or concerns about your painting project.

 

What You Should Know Before Hiring a Painting Company!

When you call a painting company or contractor to come out and give you a bid.  You may not be aware of what goes into an accurate price quote.  To help you determine whether you are getting a quote from a reputable quality painting company or if you are getting a fly by night painter that just wants your money for the cheapest job done,  here are some things to look for during the job walk with the painting contractor.

When looking for professional painting services he bidder should:

  1. take note of any issues such as drywall cracks or repairs that may need to be completed (they should have pen and paper in hand for note taking)
  2. ask you the square footage of the home if they haven’t already
  3. ask you what quality of product you would like to use and inform you of the different types of products and brands available, what they do and how long they last
  4. figure out how much product he will need to purchase, if they don’t measure it out by walking it they may use measuring devices
  5. get your contact information so that they may send you a written detailed quote or bid
  6. never give you a price on site unless they have taken the time to figure out on paper the products needed, along with labor costs, but they should also give a written detailed quote

If the above are missing from the initial walk through, and there is no written detailed quote……BEWARE!

There are many companies out there that send out a guy he looks at the house walks around it, no pen in hand, no paper, doesn’t questions the size of the house.  He’ll tell you that everything will be covered and painted they will fix the cracks as they point out a small crack that you were amazed he saw because you didn’t.  He will then say he can do it for X amount of money.  You think wow, that is a good deal.

But what he hasn’t told you is the important information such as the quality of paint he is going to use…..what is the warranty on that paint, how long will it really last.   What is their process during the project?  Do they brush and roll, spray, spray and back roll? Will they clean up after themselves, will they remove and replace wall outlets, fixtures and stones around the house for below grade painting.  Will my items and windows have splatter and drips on them or do they mask windows and non-paint items to protect.  Most of all will I be completely satisfied at the end of the project and receive NO SURPRISES when I see the quality of the job or the invoice.

Questions you should be asking any painting contractor before hiring:

  1. what products they will use, the warranty and how long it should last
  2. what is your process for applying the product
  3. what is the process they use to protect your items from over spray, and drips
  4. do they remove and replace outlet covers, switches etc
  5. for exterior painting do they power wash prior and remove all stones at the base of the house for below grade painting and replace upon completion
  6. do they guarantee their work (companies won’t guarantee that you will like the paint color, that is your job to make sure you like it prior to application) but they should guarantee their application of the job (the paint warranty lies with the paint brand company)

If is always good to get more than one quote, especially if you are weary that the first company didn’t explain, or offer the correct information on both product and process.   Best to be informed prior to receiving quotes for any contracted service.

~ Russell, Owner of Southwest Professional Painting LLC

 

 

 

 

The Color Cheat Sheet

The Color Cheat Sheet  For the price of a gallon of paint you may want to check out this guide to choosing the right color schemes for you painting projects.  This could alleviate costly mistakes.  Southwest Professional Painting can match any color to your preferred brand of choice.