So, you’re here because you’re in the market for a good Cincinnati painter, but you just don’t know how to find them or what you should expect. I’ve been there, so I get it. This is often a daunting and difficult task for those looking to hire painters for the very first time. Or maybe you’ve had experience with painters in the past, and you really weren’t happy with the result. That’s another very strong reason to want to hire quality painters from Cincinnati, and it’s compelling enough to convince you to look online for help.
I don’t know about you, but the first time I hired a painter I chose the guy based on his price and nothing else. What a mistake that was! The saying is true that you get what you pay for. Not only did the guy use really cheap paint, but he did a horrible job on top of it all. So I had cheap paint slapped on my walls in a really ugly way. What a recipe for disaster! But I’ve learned from my mistakes over the years, and I’d like you to benefit from my trials and errors…
So instead of making the same mistakes I did, I suggest you stick with me for a while and learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to finding the best painting contractors working today.
Let’s get into the main details right now…
How Should You Start Your Search for Cincinnati Painters?
There are actually a few different ways to initially look for paint contractors, and I’m going to give them to you right now in no particular order. I suggest you use the information I provide for finding a painter in the way that makes you feel most comfortable. Some of the methods revolve around using the Internet while other methods consist of the phone book or word-of-mouth. So I want you to pick your poison, and then move on with the steps from there.
Are you with me? Good.
Using the Internet to Find Cincinnati Painting Contractors
A very simple way to find the best interior and exterior painters is to go online and access many of the review websites on the Internet. I’m sure you’ve heard of websites such as Yelp or similar places. You want to find a website such as this that provide real user reviews and user experiences, and see what they have to say about some of the Cincinnati painters and what they have to offer. You also want to go to the painter’s actual website and look it over to see if they appear professional and if they provide the painting services that you need.
Here’s what you do to find these websites…
Right now, I’d like you to go over to your favorite search engine and open it up in a new browser.
While at the search engine, I need you to type in phrases like “Cincinnati painter”, “Cincinnati painting contractors”, “Cincinnati painter reviews” and any other similar phrase that pops in your head along this line of thinking.
Now that you have typed your favorite one of these phrases in the search engine, hit the search button and start looking through the results. Instead of clicking each link, I actually want you to right click each link and open the page in a new tab. Do this for every result that pops up on the first page, second page or however many pages you choose to look at. This way you don’t have to keep going back and forth because you’ll have all of the review sites opened in its own individual tab.
So all you need to do is go from tab to tab and look at the various reviews about the painting companies and learn what they do and learn if they do a good job or not. I know this might seem like a simple method, but it’s very thorough and effective, and it will really help you find good painters in the Cincinnati area.
But it’s not the only method I like to use online… I’ll share another method with you as well. But before we do that, make sure you keep track of all of the contact details you’ve located of painters that look to be professional, have the services that you need and that received good reviews. Keep the info off to the side for a moment, because this next step will even help validate your findings.
Now that you have information and contact details about some of the better commercial or house painters that you’ve come across, I want you to look up each individual business on the Better Business Bureau‘s website. This way you have the ability to find out if they have had any major complaints against them over the last three years. You can also check to see if they have a good rating based on the BBB’s rating system.
If there were complaints against the company, you can find out if they took care of them in a timely manner. All of this information is invaluable when looking to hire painters in Cincinnati, so please use it to your advantage.
Let’s go off-track a second to show how to use this method in conjunction with offline searches…
Using Word-Of-Mouth Recommendations from People That You Know and Trust
If you would prefer not to use the internet search & review method to find Cincinnati painters, then the other possibility is to contact friends, family members and coworkers and ask them about their experience with local painters. They may have had an excellence experience with a particular painter, and this would be plenty of proof to convince you to use this painter for your job.
But here’s the way I would handle this…
Instead of completely taking your friend, family member or coworker’s word, why not go over to the BBB’s website and access the company’s information online? When you check out recommendations this way, you will be able to see if other people can help verify what the person recommending the company told you. You can also check with the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce or with the Ohio Contractors Association to see if the painter is in good standing. While it won’t verify it in words, it will verify it by showing you that there weren’t any major complaints against the company, they have an A rating or better with the BBB and the company has been in good standing for many years.
I don’t know about you, but I find this information very valuable, and I use the Better Business Bureau to help verify many different products and service businesses before I make my final purchase. I suggest you do the same if you haven’t done so already.
How Do I Handle the Painting Estimate?
So we have fast-forwarded a bit, now that you have gone through the finding and selecting process and chose your painter. Before you hire this individual or company, it’s important that they provide you with an estimate for your job. When asking for an estimate, make sure they itemize everything. You need to read a detailed description that’s very thorough.
If it looks like it was barely slapped together without any thought, then you should avoid this painter because they’re leaving too many loopholes and possibilities to take advantage of you. You do not want to be victimized when working with a painting contractor, so make sure the estimate is ironclad, and it covers every aspect of the project.
I hope you found this information useful and informative. Please use it when finding, choosing and hiring Cincinnati painters.