With the Summer rapidly flying by, we have noticed that though applicants are coming in our door as often as they did before, the chances of them being approved are falling. The number of qualified renters continues to shrink. However, the approaching shortage of good tenants isn’t the only problem on the horizon. The ranks of qualified painters are also growing thin.
It has become a serious issue throughout the past few months. Quite a few of our owners have come to us asking for recommendations, as they are planning on painting their rental during the summer, only to find that our property managers often don’t have one to give. The companies that do their job well are booked out for the summer, being few in number and high in demand. In circumstances such as these, it is always tempting to hire painters off of craigslist or some other such site. They are cheaper, and more importantly, they can do it next week, instead of next year.
Don’t do it.
There is no guarantee that they are licensed, and even the ones who claimed to have often had their licensed revoked. They almost certainly are not insured, leaving responsibility for any accidents to fall solidly on your shoulders.
There is a reason they are cheaper. No one charges less simply out of the goodness of their heart. If they are charging below normal contractor rates, it is because they will be providing below-grade work.
Reputation: Every legitimate business cares about their reputation. Without it, or with a bad one, there is no guarantee that they will be hired. People look them up before hiring them. If you are working with a person that is not a part of any business, he does not have his reputation to worry about. It is that much less skin in the game for him.
If you need work done on your rental and aren’t sure about the vendor you are currently working with, contact your Property Manager. And of course, if you have a line on a painter that will do the job correctly, let us know.