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How to Choose a Painting Contractor

When Choosing a Painting Contractor there are a number of very important issues to consider

        We will share the top 6 things to look for when choosing a Painting Contractor. But above all, listen to your gut! In many cases there is a direct correlation between cost and value. It may be tempting to take the lowest possible bid at the time, but the long term consequences of a "quick fix" WILL cost you more money in the long run.  There are only 3 things to cut on your paint job and ALL of them affect the longevity of your job: the preparation process, the quality of materials involved, and profit (i.e. motivation)- this final item is usually the motivation in cutting costs on the first two items.


        Remember whoever you choose will be in and/or around your home, so it's best to choose someone you trust. Does your contractor provide their credentials up front? Are they willing to give you references or point you to past clients? 


        You also want a job that lasts. Painting your home is an investment in one of the most valuable things that you own, and if you are hiring out, you want that investment to be worth it. You deserve peace of mind when choosing a painting contractor. Quality will yield the highest return on your greatest investment. 


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1. Is your contractor licensed?

        The  State of California and numerous other states require Painting  Contractors to be licensed before doing work on your home or business. The reason for this is to protect you, the consumer.  With a contractor’s license there comes an expectation that your contractor is competent in his or her trade. With unlicensed contractors you may  forfeit your ability to seek redress for incompetent craftsmanship or failure to complete a a job to you specifications.  You can research you contractors history by going to http://www.dca.ca.gov/and  clicking on the “To Verify a License” link.  


        Sometimes the selection of a painting contractor can feel overwhelming. How do we know that who we are hiring is who they say they are? How do we know they will do what they say? Hiring a licensed Painting  Contractor is a great way to know you are working with a qualified professional who is backed by the Contractor License Board. The Board is also your advocate and can let you know if there is something amiss in a Contractor's previous work history. 


        Wight Paint is a licensed, insured and bonded company and has been for over 30 years. You can depend on us to do the job right!

2. Will your contractor be around to perform warranty work?

        Most unlicensed contractors are “Fly by night” operations. It is illegal for a person to advertise and perform painting services over $500.00 without a license. That license must be listed on advertising. To avoid prosecution by law enforcement the unlicensed contractors tend to be transient and more often than not incompetent in the trades, which is why they are  unlicensed. Ask yourself, “Do I want someone who is breaking the law in  my home?” With unlicensed contractors you can count on little or no recourse to enforce any warranty. With Wight Paint you have peace of mind knowing your warranty will be honored.       

3. Is your contractor properly insured?

Unlicensed contractors are uninsured contractors in California. Without liability insurance, if your unlicensed contractor is injured, you could be held liable by the injured party. If your unlicensed contractor damages your  home, you may be unable to recover your losses. Unlicensed contractors are much less likely to pay Workers Compensation Insurance for their employees. If a worker is injured on you property, without Workers Comp, the only way for the employee to be compensated, is by civil litigation against the business owner. 

4. Is your contractor bonded?

This is additional insurance for the homeowner. If your contractor fails to  meet his or her obligation for payment to material suppliers (for material used on your property) the contractors bond can be used to discharge Mechanics Liens placed on your property. 

5. Does your contractor have a portfolio of past jobs and/or a verifiable list of previous clients?

       Guy Wight has been a Painting Contractor for over 30 years. Sadly, it is not uncommon for unlicensed contractors to embellish their work history, (a bathroom painted 10 years ago suddenly becomes 10 years of painting  experience). With the exception of newly licensed contractors, most will have letters of reference, and with the advent of technology, it is becoming easy to see past photos of work. Keep in mind that  while a paint job may look good, the quality of materials may be poor.   Licensed contractors are held accountable for not only the quality of their work, but the quality of the materials used. While Unlicensed  contractors may cut corners, licensed contractors can be held responsible by the California Department of Consumer Affairs if their work fails. A licensed contractor will use quality materials to eliminate any possible failure to their work. We have many jobs to inspect that were painted 7 to 10 years ago that are still going strong today. Wight Paint has an excellent relationship with material suppliers in the San Diego area. Not only are you getting a contractor to work with you, you are also getting the technical support of paint and coating specialists.

       Though price may be tempting in the selection of a contractor, keep in mind, that figured into your bid, is the peace of mind that you will receive quality work that will last for years. Your home is your biggest investment. Don’t leave it to chance when having work performed on it. Wight Paint is committed to you. 

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6. When a "bargain" might not be a worth it...

        In choosing a Home Improvement Professional it is safe to assume that  there is a direct correlation between COST and VALUE. It may be tempting to take the lowest possible bid at the time but the long term consequences of "bargain hunting" your painting contractor WILL cost you more money in the long run.  


There are only 3 things to cut on your paint job and ALL of them affect the longevity of your job : The preparation process, The quality of materials involved 

Profit i.e. motivation. This final item is the key factor in the first two. 


My motivation as the owner of Wight Paint is to give you the best possible job at the most reasonable price. 


If you choose us to be of service to you, you WILL get what you pay for.  


        Though price may be tempting in the selection of a contractor, keep in mind, that figured into your bid, is the peace of mind that you will receive quality work that will last for years. Your home is your biggest investment. Don’t leave it to chance when having work performed on it. Wight Paint is committed to you!