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Some tips for hiring the right contractor for the job.

Coat-Rite Painters have an attitude in which we thrive on networking with other painters in our profession. We are a non compete league and being members of Dulux Accredited has helped us understand that networking with other professional painters if the best tool for building your business. Some information that we always pass on to our clients is how to find the right contractor for your home.

Meet the professionals. Call in at least three different contractors for your job. (Friends and family are good reference sources.) And be home for the initial meeting with them. That way, you’ll know how much time each contractor took to assess the condition of your home. The longer he takes, the more realistic the estimate you’ll get. Even an experienced painter will need more than a quick walk around your house.
Also ask each contractor about the size of his crew and the members’ experience level.

State your expectations. The number of coats a painter applies isn’t the only factor in determining the quality—and price—of the project. Preparation is also key. If you want a surface that’s free of unevenness from past paint jobs, tell the contractors—and be prepared to pay extra. But if you can live with some imperfections, agree on what level of prep is acceptable and what isn’t.

Get estimates. Seek a written estimate from each contractor. It should include a breakdown of scope of works including the number of coats of primer and paint, the brand and model of materials, and a detailed description of the amount of surface preparation that will be done.

Check references and past work. Get a list of references from each contractor and call them to find about their experience with the professional. A history of positive references is a good sign. Also examine jobs the painters did several years ago to see how their work is holding up. Use recent projects to check the skill of their current crews.

Consider credentials. Before you hire someone, consider his credentials. Membership in a trade or local business group, for example, isn’t a guarantee of quality work, but it shows a level of commitment and reliability on his part. Also verify whether the professional has any memberships with Accredited groups that check licensing and insurance for example Dulux Accredited and Master Painters.

Hope this helps 🙂





Coat-Rite Painters attended the National Conference held at the Gold Coast last week, we were very honoured to receive an award of Commendation.

“The Dulux Accredited Painter of the years is judged on criteria focused upon the Dulux Accredited Charter of Values, and recognised painting businesses that best represented a consistent commitment to quality workmanship and a professional approach to customer service.”

“The Awards acknowledges Painters as leaders in the industry and as highly respected members of the Dulux Accredited Program.” – Dulux Accredited website