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Norma and the Painters
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Award winning paint contractor serving the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area.
Award winning paint contractor serving the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area.

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Your Checklist: Hiring a Paint Contractor 
Painting your home or business is a great way to give your place the little face lift it needs. For a minimal investment, paint can have a huge impact for years down the road. But choosing the right paint contractor for you can seem daunting. 
“Who do I choose? Where do I start? Choosing a painting contractor can get a bit confusing. Choosing a quality painter is the absolute key. There are so many factors involved in painting, you want to make the right decision,” said Norma Williams, owner of Norma and the Painters. 
1. Comprehensive Written Quotes – Ask for a quote from each contractor you consider.  If a painting contractor is unwilling to give you a quote in writing or gives you something vague and unclear, you might want to look for someone else.
2. Process explained – Make sure the complete process is described in detail.  Ask about surface preparation, priming, and paint.  What type of primer is being used?  How many coats of paint are being applied?  Professionals will be happy to explain each step and do a complete job.
3. Protecting the Valuables – The areas around the painting project need to be protected before the home painting begins.  Ask how the floors, furniture, and fixtures will be covered for interior jobs.  Also ask how nearby plants and shrubs will be protected during exterior painting.
4. Time Table – Professionals respect other people’s schedules and work on deadlines.  The date to begin and finish the job should be clearly stated.  If the job is not finished on time, are there any consequence?
5. Insured and Licensed – Is the contractor insured and licensed?  Does the company do background checks on all their employees?
6. Referrals and Portfolios – Ask to see pictures of previous work and recommendations from former clients.  It’s also a good idea to get contact information from a couple of the references and take a few minutes to do a background check.
7. Warranty – Is labor and materials covered by a warranty?  How long are you covered?  What happens if the painting job is flawed?
8. Quality Paint and Supplies - A quality painting contractor uses quality paint and supplies.  You’ll pay a little more for the best paint, but the paint will last longer and therefore end up costing less.  
9. Punctuality – Does the contractor respond in a timely fashion to your phone calls and emails?  Does he or she show up on time for appointments?  This is usually a good indication of things to come.  If phone calls are missed and responses are slow in the beginning, you can expect the same once the job begins.
10. Comfort Level – When you first meet with the contractor, are you comfortable?  Remember, you are inviting the painter into your home.  If he or she is dirty, sloppy, or uses language you are uncomfortable with, problems may arise during the job. This is the most important. Hire someone you feel comfortable around and can trust in your home or business. 
Norma and the Painters are an award winning paint contractor serving the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area. With over 20 years in business, our focus is on quality and attention to detail. And as a family-owned business we fully understand the importance of customer service and working with our clients throughout the painting process – from a free estimate and design consultation to a final walkthrough. Creating happy customers, one can of paint at a time. Contact us for more information, or if we can help transform your space. 219-801-8322 or visit us at www.normaandthepainter.com.
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