Locating a competent professional for your home improvement project can be a shot in the dark. You might call a few listings in the phone book, randomly picking names, hoping you are choosing a reputable company. There are plenty of “so-called” professional painters out there that are more than happy to take your money and run and if you have problems with the job, you can never find them again.
A good way to start your hunt for a trustworthy interior or exterior painter is to join Consumers’ Checkbook, a non-profit organization that ranks service providers. Go to www.checkbook.org. It cost $34 basic subscription to join for two years. If you have home improvement projects and you need to check on the reputation of a contractor you can search companies by trade at their website to see how each are rated by other Checkbook members. Consumers’ Checkbook is like asking your friends and neighbors for referrals.
Our company, O’Connor’s Painting Service, Inc. has a 95% approval rating by Consumer Checkbook members. We provide quality work, dependable service and a fair price. Over the long run, you end up paying less because our jobs outlast most standard paint jobs.
I do caution you to always call the Maryland Home Improvement Commission at 410-230-6309 to be sure the contractor you are looking to hire is fully insured with workers compensation and liability insurance. Be sure to meet with the contractor in person to get a sense of who you are working with. Is this someone you would trust in your home? At O’Connor’s Painting Service, all of our employees have been background checked and drug tested.