How to avoid dodgy house painters

In every industry, there are people who cut corners and do dodgy work.  This is particularly important for having someone paint your house because they are coming inside your property.  The last thing you want is to experience someone you don’t or can’t trust in your home.

There have been some crazy stories of dodgy house painters over the years and it’s the last thing you want to hear about.

It’s important to be aware that there are people out there that will not act in your best interest and to do everything you can to work with good, caring people.  While it might require you to put in extra work to find good people, it will be worth it.

Here is a checklist of a few things you can do to protect yourself from hiring dodgy house painters.

Check that the house painter has good reviews for a long period of time

Unfortunately, it is possible to fake online reviews.  However, one way that you can see past this is that online reviews are consistently good for a long period of time.  You can check to see if the reviews have been good for 5 years or more.

If you see that the online reviews of the painter are good, which a lot of people writing detailed comments, and it has been happening for a long period of time, then you know this is potentially a good person.

Check that the house painter is insured and registered with the QBCC licensing

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is an organisation that is dedicated to maintaining the standards of the construction industry.

To be a professional house painter, you must acquire a licence from the QBCC.  They also hold public records of dodgy painters.

Check to see if the house painter has backing from Dulux Accreditation

The Dulux Accreditation program is similar to QBCC, however, it is focused specifically on house painters.  They send a representative to the locations to inspect work, ensure that all public liabilities insurances are up to date, and make sure that house painters follow correct procedures.

If a house painter is part of the Dulux Accreditation program, you will know that they operate to a high standard, because if they don’t Dulux will remove them.

Check the house painters previous work and see if it is of the quality you are looking for

The best thing you can do is to inspect their previous work.  The first step is to check out their website and see what types of images they have been posting.  A good house painter will show you pictures of entire houses and close-ups of details.

Don’t stop there though, make sure you check out some of their social media profiles like Facebook and Instagram.  You can also put their name into Google and hit the images tab.

When looking at the images ask yourself, do I like what I see or am I impressed?

Trust your instincts

Check in with yourself and ask yourself if you are comfortable with this house painter being in your home.

“Ultimately its face value, you know I think if you meet the person, you can sort of gauge what kind of people you’re dealing with.  Look at how they present themselves. Are that covered in paints? Is their Ute just disgusting and look a bit ratty in the back where I store everything? I think all those little key things indicate what kind of person you’re dealing with,” Brett Callander said.

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