How to Hire a Painting Contractor

Painting is one of the most popular home improvement projects. There are several key considerations all consumers should be aware of when hiring a painting contractor. Below are six questions that should be on every homeowner’s checklist to ensure the right company is selected for the job.

Does the contractor have a safety program in place to ensure a safe working environment?

When a contractor emphasises the importance of safety, everyone wins. The employees feel more confident and loyal to the company knowing that their best interest is at heart. This results in your project being completed with little to no complications or accidents.

Colorworks has had a safety program in place for many years. The program is monitored by our full-time safety coordinator. All employees go through an initial safety orientation and safety meetings are held regularly. We take safety seriously and strive to make every environment safe for both our employees and our employees.


How long has the contractor been in business?

There is a very high turnover rate for contractors in all trades. It's important you work with a contractor who has been in business at least a few years.

Colorworks was established in 1992 and has been serving the Pittsburgh area for over 25 years. We are one of the largest independent painting contractors in the Pittsburgh area.


Are the employees experienced painters?

Ask if the contractor has experienced painters on the job, and about any training or job qualifications they have.

Our projects are staffed with highly qualified employees including a foreman and project manager. Our employees are trained to meet the highest quality and professional standards. We do not use subcontractors.


Does the contractor have the necessary insurance to protect you and your home? Is it adequate?

Your contractor should have worker’s compensation insurance and comprehensive general liability coverage. Worker’s compensation insurance will provide the employees of the contractor with medical and disability coverage when they suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. This is extremely important because you do not want an injured worker to come back to you seeking payment for medical expenses and lost wages. If you hire an uninsured contractor, they may look to you for payment of their medical expenses by making a claim against you or your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Comprehensive general liability insurance insures the contractor against claims for bodily injury or other physical injury and damage to property. This type of insurance may cover your contractor if they physically damage your property while performing their work.

Colorworks carries both worker’s compensation and general liability insurance at the appropriate levels. We will be happy to provide you with a Certificate of Insurance that details the type and amounts of our coverage.


Can your contractor provide a list of local customer references?

One of the best ways to assess a contractor's ability, reliability and work style is to talk to past customers. It is a good idea to talk to at least three customers who received services similar to your project.

We have an extensive list of references available. We have worked for many homeowners in your local area that will be happy to talk with you about their experiences with Colorworks.


Has your contractor put everything in writing?

Professional painting contractors will provide their customers with detailed written estimates and specifications.

It is Colorworks' policy to provide written estimates and contracts that will specify the work to be completed in detail.