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Q&A: How do I hire a Los Angeles house painter and not get ripped off?

by tom44 on August 16, 2013

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Question by jefton l: How do I hire a Los Angeles house painter and not get ripped off?
6 years ago I hired a los angeles house painter contractor and it was a nightmare. They took forever to finish the job and got paint everywhere it wasn’t supposed to be. They even got paint on my dog. The bill came to more than the estimate and it almost went to court. Now it’s time to paint again how do I hire a los angeles house painter and not get ripped off?

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Answer by The Man With Superior Knowledge
Hire some Mexicans to do the job. Those guys work hard and will do a good job at a lower price.

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2 thoughts on “Q&A: How do I hire a Los Angeles house painter and not get ripped off?

  1. ryke says:

    I was totally in your situation last year. Then I found this web site after I had already got ripped off … http://thepaintingestimate.com/ I wish I found it earlier it would have saved me a LOT of headache. Basically it gives you a list of questions to ask BEFORE you hire. Check it out. I’ll definitely be referring to this site the next time.

  2. eskie lover says:

    So start by asking friends and family for referrals, then do your research. Check them out on kudzu, better business bureau, the state contractor’s licensing board, check whether they are licensed, bonded, and insured, if they carry worker’s compensation or whether they hire legal employees and who owns the business, for how long and whether they even have a legal license to operate in LA county.

    Choose 3 to 5 of those who pass those hurdles to come to give you an estimate in writing. Ask for 3-5 referrals from each of them and call those businesses or homeowners. Actually drive by the properties to inspect them yourself. If you see a neighbor out and about, even ask them about the painting job because they often hear complaints or dissatisfaction after a job is complete.

    Make absolute sure you specify every aspect of the job when obtaining estimates. What prep work are you willing to do and what do you require of the contractor? I usually make a detailed list, how many coats of primer, what kind of protection do I need for sheeting, do I need big items moved, do I need 2 coats of primer, 2 coats of paint, holes filled, do I have pets to be concerned about while the job is being performed, what is an acceptable start and quit time, will I deduct percentages of the total amount if the job is not completed on time, what percentage will I pay upfront, will I pay only after the job is completed, do I receive the contractor’s discount for paint, yada yada yada.

    It all comes down to research and specification and I let NO one alone on the job at any time without being supervised. Period! Questions come up, people have different rules of operation (can they use my phone or bathroom, when can they eat or leave the job-site) and someone who is paying the bills needs to be there to make those decisions.

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