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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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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 Melen | Apr/1/2020
Perfect work, responsive to ideas and questions. Clean, meticulous workspace when finished. Have known Rich for years - he and his team are the real deal - exactly what you would hope for when hiring someone to do work at your home. Would not use anyone else for painting/floor coating but Spectrum!
Katy S. | Feb/19/2021
Two teams were both very professional and skilled. Very neat and careful.
Kathleen P. | Oct/27/2016
I recently had the pleasure of working with Spectrum Painting to do some painting and papering of two rooms. Everyone I worked with was pleasant and professional. Appointments were kept and on time which is huge when you have a busy schedule. The quality of work was excellent! Not only did José and his crew do a great job, but he cleaned up the work area so you couldn't even tell they were there! And, they were done in one day! I will definitely use Spectrum Painting again and would never hesitate to recommend them to anyone. And, their little thank gift was a very nice touch!
Kathy W. | Aug/30/2016
Rich, Hector and Raul were responsive and very nice!
Dara H. | Jun/30/2016
I feel like I have a new Kitchen and would highly recommend them for any Job. The Price was very reasonable. Spectrum Painting just finished Refinishing my Kitchen Cabinets and did an Amazing Job. I feel like I have a new Kitchen and would highly recommend them for any Job. Marcin was on time each day, very Professional, Friendly and did a Fabulous Job. Even with Covid the men were very careful, wore masks and closed off my kitchen from the rest of my home. The Price was very reasonable.
Liz M. | Feb/15/2021
Spectrum did the most professional and diligent work I've ever had done in my home. The staff's attention to detail, tidiness and pleasant manners make contracting with them a top-notch experience. Spectrum gets an A+++ in my book!
Patty G. | Jan/12/2015
Crew is very respectful and organized. The project was fully reviewed in advance, with attention to detail. The team was great- hardworking, respectful and very efficient.
Melinda T. | Oct/27/2016
Spectrum was very professional and they did a great job with every aspect of the job. They were friendly and helpful, had ideas for future projects and worked quickly and really took care in the staining of the deck. Everyone on the team was courteous.
Michael O. | Jul/19/2016