Are you looking to have your home or commercial property repainted? Whilst DIY can save you money, doing your own painting and decorating takes time and can leave you with an unprofessional finish.
Whether it’s house painting, exterior painting, or interior painting – using the services of a professional decorating company ensures a quality finish and end product for your residential or commercial property.
But not all contractors are created equal, and with so many providing painting services in Melbourne and Suburbs – how do you know which is best for your project?
Read our blog post for the top things to consider when choosing a painter for your next painting job in Melbourne and Suburbs, plus the tell-tale signs that you could be dealing with a rogue trader.
Don’t Be Tempted By the Lowest Price
As the old saying goes – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Lower prices certainly don’t always mean better value for money. In fact, extremely low prices are generally a warning sign that the service will not be as good as other decorators in the area.
Additionally, contractors may lure you in with a very low starting price, then increase the cost of the works by carefully adding in ‘essential’ extras that weren’t included in the original quote.
If you are currently looking for a painter, getting quotes from multiple contractors will help you assess the rate for painting services in your area and also gives you the power to choose.
At Prestige House Painting, we provide fully itemised and competitive quotes for all our jobs. What’s more, our pricing is clear and transparent with no sneaky add-ons or hidden costs.
Look for Quality Materials
As well as the expertise, one of the key benefits you gain from using a professional painter is the quality materials and equipment they have invested in to provide a high-end finish every time.
High-quality materials such as paints not only look better, but also last longer and offer enhanced properties such as easy clean, stain resistance, and waterproof.
At Prestige House Painting, we only use the highest quality paints to ensure a perfect finish every time and have specialist equipment for both interior and exterior painting.
Read Reviews & Ask For References
The best way to gain insight into the quality of service provided by a painter is through the words of their previous customers.
As well as reviews on platforms such as Google, many painters will be listed on tradesmen comparison websites and will also have reviews from previous customers available on their business website.
In some cases, it’s possible for painters to provide references from previous customers who are happy to provide feedback about their experience.
At Prestige House Painting, we have a selection of customer reviews available on our website and are happy to make introductions with previous clients to find out more about the excellent service we provide.
Understand How Experienced They Are
Whilst more experience doesn’t always necessarily mean a better end result, an experienced painter is likely to have completed several jobs similar to your own and will therefore understand the best paints to recommend, how long it will take and what it will cost.
You can gauge the experience of a painter from factors such as how long they have been in business, how many staff they employ, what accreditations they have, and how many projects similar to yours they have completed.
An experienced decorating company will also be able to advise on the best materials for your project based on your requirements. For example, residential painting jobs are usually more focused on the look and feel, whereas durability is generally more important for commercial painting jobs.
Ask The Right Questions
Asking the right questions when discussing your project with a painting and decorating company not only ensures an accurate quotation, but will also help you determine whether or not the company is the right fit for your job. Questions to ask could include:
- Do you clean up after the work has been completed?
- How long will the work take to complete?
- When are you available to complete the work?
- Can you use my own paint?
- How long have you been in business?
- Are you insured?
- Does the work come with a guarantee?
At Prestige House Painting, we are always happy to help answer any queries you might have before, during, and after the job has been completed.
What To Avoid – Signs Of a Rogue Tradesman
Unfortunately, there are still a small number of disreputable traders that take advantage of customers, relying on pushy tactics and deceptively low quotes to get customers to sign up before providing a poor quality of service.
If you pick up on any of the following throughout the process of choosing out a company, it could be a sign that the painter you are dealing with is a rogue tradesman:
- Only accepts cash as a payment method
- Extremely low prices compared to other decorators in the area
- Pushy sales tactics such as constant calls and texts
- Does not provide receipts or invoices
- Does not provide a contract for the work
- Has no reviews
- Can not provide any references
- Does not provide an itemised quote
- Does not ask questions about the job
Residential & Commercial Painting Services Melbourne & Suburbs
We hope that this blog post has helped you with the key considerations to take before hiring a contractor for your next painting job.
If you are looking for an experienced and professional painter in the Melbourne and Suburbs area, we can help. Our experienced team of painters offers a high-quality decorating service for homes and offices in Melbourne and beyond.
To find out more about our interior and exterior painting services or request your free, no-obligation quote – please contact Ton on (email address) or call (phone number).
Areas We Cover
We provide professional painting and decorating services to the following areas around Melbourne and Suburbs:
Armadale, Brighton East, Blairgowrie, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Kew East, Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Malvern, Portsea, Brighton, Balwyn, Caulfield, Glen Iris, Hawthorn East, Kew, Mornington, Malvern East, Sorrento, Toorak, Surrey Hills, Ashburton, Ashwood, Mount Eliza, Black Rock and Beaumaris.