Question: I am planning to have an extensive painting job done on a fairly large piece of property that I own. I have been given all types of different bids, but it seems that I am comparing apples to grapes. Can you be of any assistance?
Answer: The Contractors' State License Board recently published a brochure called "Painting Contractors and Contracts" which covers the different phases of doing business with a painting contractor.
As you may know, after general contractors, the largest number of licensees in the state are painting contractors. At the same time, it usually does not require a building permit for a person to have his residence or commercial building painted. The result is that there are many licensed individuals operating as painting contractors.
This booklet gives a number of "do's and don'ts" for hiring a painting contractor and what questions to ask about interior and exterior surfaces before painting. It also gives information on bonds, bids and the contractual obligations involved.