Avoid General Painting Contractor Scams with… | Spectrum Painting

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.

Get an Estimate

Max 3 images in jpg format. Reduce file size to 2mb or smaller if issues occur.

Why Spectrum Painting?

Our Credentials

Click for the BBB Business Review of this Painting Contractors in Pompton Lakes NJ credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo credential logo

People happy with our services

I never thought getting my garage floor painted would make so many of my friends jealous! You did such a meticulous job, especially on the details. I especially appreciated the time you took to explain all the necessary steps to complete a quality job. We are so glad we hired you. I am already thinking about some additional work for this spring.
Deborah L. | Jan/12/2015
Rich, Hector and Raul were responsive and very nice!
Dara H. | Jun/30/2016
Everything we talked about was done- no problems at all. Can't improve perfection!
Jay S. | Jun/30/2016
Great work, professional and on time. Quality of work was exceptional and they got me scheduled quickly. The work was flawless and exceeded my expectations and I have high standards!
Dave B. | Aug/30/2016
Amazing job! Amazing team! Rog and I can't say enough about the quality of their work, their professionalism, and their outstanding work ethics. We would highly recommend Spectrum Painting for all of your home improvements. We can't thank you enough Spectrum!!!
Mary Lou Sodora | Aug/14/2020   Read review on facebook
We had Spectrum Painting power wash and paint the outside of our house. They did such a fantastic job that we tripled the scope of the project during the process and the results are phenomenal. We wound up having them do the siding, window trim, doors, lights and much more. The end results is better then I expected. The entire Spectrum team was amazing throughout the process and on several occasions went above and beyond. I would highly recommend them.
Alex M | Oct/10/2020   Read review on yelp
We are very happy with Spectrum's work and dedication to customer service! We certainly will recommend you to friends who are looking for an excellent and professional company! Looking forward to working with you and your team again in the near future.
Linda and Wayne S. | Oct/18/2016
From the estimate to final walk through, every aspect was done in a friendly and professional manner. Could not be more pleased with the final product, a beautifully stained bow and kitchen window. Jose' and his helper did an excellent job and went above and beyond to make sure we were completely satisfied with the work. Second time using Spectrum and I highly recommend them.
Jeff G. | Aug/30/2016
Clean and Courteous, pleasant and did excellent work.
Gene E. | Aug/30/2016