The Paint Bucket
Dining table looking drab? Dresser not the right color? Want to make those dining chairs pop?
A new coat of paint on the walls will freshen up a room, but what about the furniture?
We do that, too!
Whether a sleek black, crisp white, or something bold and bright, add new life to an old beloved piece.
Want a more natural look? We stain and clear coat, too.
Spring has sprung, the flowers are in bloom, and the sun is calling us outside. We'll be planting and freshening up our gardens, readying ourselves for those long, lazy summer nights in the backyard, on the front porch, or watching the kids playing in the street.
Now is the time to dust off the cobwebs and give your home a cleaning. No, we aren't talking about the closets or under the bed. We're talking about pressure washing. Not only do we pressure wash in preparation for painting or staining, but we can pressure wash your house, decks, patios, driveways, and walkways to brighten up your home and keep it looking fresh and new in between coats!
We all want to save money, and are always looking for the best deal. So, how can you know that's what you are getting?
I mean, say you wanted a sandwich... You find three establishments that are offering you a sandwich for approximately the same price, so you pick the one that looks like the best deal. Then, you find out that the condiments and veggies are extra. Oh, and the bread is stale and the cheese expired last week. Not such a bargain now, is it?
It's the same with hiring a contractor, whether it's a painter, plumber, or electrician. Is the service they are offering comparable? Are they cutting corners? And at whose expense (or risk)?
So, what should you know, before you hire?
- Is their contractors license current?
Check their license status at www.cslb.ca.gov .
- Do they have Workers Compensation insurance?
If they certified with the CSLB that they are exempt from workers compensation insurance because they do not have any employees, it will show up on the CSLB website.
What does that mean? First of all, if they do plan to do all of the work themselves, it may take longer. Having your home under any sort of construction is somewhat inconvenient. Is the savings worth the hassle?
Secondly, what if they do bring employees? If they don't have workers compensation coverage, you could be at risk if their employee is injured on your property. Sure, they may be charging less for the work, but that's only because they aren't paying payroll taxes or workers compensation premiums.
- Do they carry General Liability insurance?
While this is not required by law, it further protects you and your property. Ask for a certificate of insurance coverage. All contractors are required to be bonded, but that only guarantees you up to $12,500 if the contractor fails to complete the job or fulfill the contract.
All of this may seem confusing, especially if you're already inundated with the myriad of choices when faced with a home improvement project, but ultimately you want to protect your investment. Choose a contractor that is willing to do the same.