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Avoid General Painting Contractor Scams with These Steps

Avoid General Painting Contractor Scams with These Steps

Extensive research is a must before hiring a painting company. Make sure the painting contractors are licensed and legitimate before you allow them to start working on your New Jersey home. But tons of research still won’t protect you from common scams that some contractors play on unsuspecting homeowners. To prevent these scams, we’ve provided some steps you should take before sealing the deal with a painting contractor:

Be Aware of Payment Schedule

The most common scam is when contractors ask you to pay a substantial down payment, often 30%-50% of the project cost. Contractors might explain that the reason for the upfront costs is because they need to buy new painting tools or purchase materials, like buckets of Sherwin Williams paints for example. But once they have your money, who knows if a quality painting job will be completed. It’s best not to prepay more than $1,000 or 10% of the project cost.

Have a Detailed Contract

Make sure that everything you want to have done within the scope of the painting project is outlined in the contract. Contractors may make a verbal promise to do the work but they can easily go back on those promises if it’s not specified in the contract. Make sure to carefully review the entire contract and point out if there are any vague sections, as well as any specifics related to the project that don’t appear to be laid out within the contract.

Don’t Fall for the Extras

Some contractors will try to add on extras once the painting or construction project is already underway. These extras might be warranted, like an unforeseen problem that the contractor couldn’t have predicted before the project started. However, it could also be a way to drive up the cost of the project. And sometimes contractors won’t communicate that these extras will make the price much higher than what was expected. So people get a $3,000 bill when they were only expecting $1,000. Make sure that the process for handling these extras is spelled out in the contract. And your contractor should communicate any additional costs before performing the work.

If you are seeking a painting contractor in Northern New Jersey area who’s reliable and trustworthy, you’ve come to the right place. Spectrum Painting has been delivering high quality professional painting services since 1989. Read our reviews and check out our portfolio to see the kind of work we can do for you.

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From the moment Rich and I started our conversations, I knew Spectrum was different, anyone can "talk" about trust and excellence....then I met our crew…. (Hector, Marci, CJ, Ryan, Oldemar) Each of you with your individual and collective contribution treated our home with the utmost of care. Taking time to ensure that we were satisfied with the work throughout the entire job, working through all the timing with the floors, making recommendations that would enhance the rooms– absolutely love the crown molding - and being courteous and professional. Thank you for making our vision even better....until our next adventure.
Rose R. | Aug/29/2016
Customer service, Hector and his crew were all amazing and a pleasure. I can't say enough, simply amazing! I won't recommend anyone else but Spectrum Painting!
Steve A. | Oct/27/2016
Oldemar and Rolando made everything perfect and would like them both again! You were our first painter and will always be our only.
Nancy M. | Sep/1/2016
Just a quick note to thank you for sending Ruedi to do our bathroom. John and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is an excellent painter, great person and so careful to do a great job. His attention to detail, care and work ethic are unparalleled in our experience. You guys are great!! Just had to take a moment to pass it on. Please express our thanks and gratitude to him again.
Suzanne & John M. | Sep/24/2015
The best crew! Very respectful to the project, people and property. Professional work attire, responsive crew leader. Handled the job like it was his own house!
Al C. | Jun/29/2016
Wonderful attitudes and eager to please. Very easy to talk to and ask questions. They were calm and pleasant and just perfect!
Margaret K. | Jul/19/2016
Entire crew was very professional, friendly and helpful. Integrity of work was very high. Precision job and great attention to detail!
Lauren R. | Jun/29/2016
Very professional painter and estimator. They both were very articulate in how the project would proceed. The price was very reasonable too. I felt very comfortable leaving for the day. They were able to squeeze the job in on short notice for an open house. The blemishes on the walls were invisible with the perfect paint job. They were clean, neat, talented and punctual. Spectrum Painting will be my painter for life! I loved the box of cookies they brought for me and (dog treats for) the dog!
Kathleen D. | Oct/27/2016
Everything we talked about was done- no problems at all. Can't improve perfection!
Jay S. | Jun/30/2016