How to Recognize and Avoid Cowboy Painters?
There is always a risk that if you follow a strict set of rules, you might not always get the right result, you just won’t get the wrong one. In other words you might exclude a legitimate painter if you stick to hard and fast rules. However there are a number of behaviours and attitudes which should start alarm bells ringing when a cowboy painter appears on the scene.
It is always worth asking for a business card and any written correspondence from them should be on headed notepaper. If they fail to produce either then chances are they are not a legitimate painter. If there is no business card or headed notepaper with an address then you have no means of finding them if the work done turns out to be substandard. Also look at this page about What to Look for in a Quality Painter.
We have already mentioned that if you have requested a painter visit to give you a quote, they should be dressed appropriately. Turning up at your home with dirty shoes and covered in paint does not set the right example. Once at your property they should be asking specific questions of you to establish exactly what needs to be done. In addition, you need to ask them certain questions, particularly about the paint they use. Their replies should either fill you with confidence or concern. Here you will find more information about Quotes from Painters.
One trick some cowboy painters employ is to pour cheap paint into prime brand tubs and tins. Inspect all paint stock when it is on site to check that all containers are brand new. Go to Good Quality Paints for more information.
A cowboy painter is more than likely going to want to be paid in cash and will usually ask for a sum of money up front to pay for the cost of materials, that money in cash.
Professional Decorators and Painters
Professional decorators usually wear white overalls or white trousers and a white tee shirt. They will have footwear they use specifically for indoor use and will change their shoes whenever they enter or leave your property. Cowboy builders usually wear jeans or jogging pants and have only one pair of shoes. In addition, professional decorators tend to be well organised and work in a clean and tidy manner, where cowboy decorators tend to be disorganised and messy in their working methods.
Ask for Free Quotes From Quality Painters
As you will discover with many helpful articles we have published for you, there is considerably more involved in painting than knowing how to use a paintbrush or roller. Armed with this information we want you to feel more confident that when you ask a painter to give you a quote for painting your property, you will recognise from their answers that they clearly know what they are talking about. So have a quick look at the relevant articles and then use our simple form to request a quote from a recommended local painter or two to get the ball rolling. Request your Free Quotes here.
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> Painter prices
> Painter’s Quote
> Painting Materials
> Painting the Outside of a Property
> Painting Tips
> Personal Safety
> Interior painting
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