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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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Ruedi kept the home and work area clean. Communicated with family in a respectful manner. Did a beautiful job on our front door!
Mike & Stacey M. | Aug/26/2015
We hired Spectrum to paint several rooms of our home and to install moldings and they did great work. You can expect five star service from Spectrum your next paint job. We hired Spectrum to paint several rooms of our home and to install moldings and they did great work. They provide complementary color consultations, responded to all our requests, and were meticulous about keeping our home clean throughout the process. Thank you to Rich for staying in touch with us and to Luis for leading the crew. We will gladly work with Spectrum again - highly recommend!
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Erin L. | Feb/15/2021
We used Spectrum Painting to paint our laundry room, kitchen, living room, office, powder room, sitting room, 2 story foyer and hall, 2 bedrooms, master bedroom, ceilings in kitchen, living room, and foyer, 3 car garage, shutters on 13 windows, and the front door with 2 sidelights. In addition to the walls being painted all doors, baseboards, window frames, crown molding, and other trim were included. Furthermore, we had a wallpaper border removed and crown molding added in the master bedroom. The paint job took less than a week and turned out great! We could not be happier with all of the colors we chose (with the help of Pam) and the way the it turned out. Overall, the sales team, including Rich Lauretta and John Mangiafreno, the project manager Rafael, and the design consultant Pam Steinhilber were all very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Simon R. | Aug/30/2016
The did a great job they were neat they show up on time I would use the again And I would highly recommend them. The did a great job they were neat they show up on time I would use the again And I would highly recommend them!
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Dottie B. | Feb/15/2021
Literally the most professional group I have had in my house in years! I highly recommend them to give your home a crisp facelift!
Kelly Salus | Nov/9/2020   Read review on facebook
Very courteous and respectful of our concerns and property. They were friendly and meticulous about their work.
Maria B. | Jul/19/2016
One of the very best you will find in this area. Highly competent, punctual and with an aim to please. Spectrum has painted most of the interior of my home and most recently, my large outdoor deck. When they are here, I can relax knowing they will treat my home like it's their own. There's an added comfort knowing that there's a responsive team leader present on each job to whom I can address any questions or concerns. Don't go for the low-end companies. Price is what you pay, but lasting value is what you get.
Marc C. | Aug/30/2016
Spectrum did an amazing job on our garage! It looks beautiful and they were quick, clean and professional. Highly recommend!
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HU-441911173 | Nov/2/2020
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
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