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7 Examples Of Painting Contractor Scams

When choosing a painting contractor, it’s vital to do your due diligence so you can avoid being scammed. Unfortunately, many dishonest contractors will take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. In this blog post, B.I.G. Painting will discuss some of the most common painting contractor scams and provide some tips on how to avoid being fooled.

Scam 1: The “Lowball” Estimate

One of the most common painting contractor scams is the “lowball” estimate. This is when a contractor gives you a very low estimate compared with other companies. They’ll say, “Oh, it’s just a small job; I can do it for less money.” But then, once they start the job, they’ll find all sorts of “problems” that need to be fixed, and the price will quickly go up. If you’re getting a very low estimate, be very wary of hiring the contractor.

Scam 2: The “Bait-and-Switch”

The “bait-and-switch” is another common painting contractor scam. This is when a contractor will give you a low estimate to get the job and then switch to using lower-quality materials once they start working. For example, they might say they’ll use Sherwin-Williams paint but then switch to a cheaper brand once they start painting.

Scam 3: The “Phantom Problem”

The “phantom problem” is a scam where the painting contractor finds a non-existent problem with your walls and tries to charge you to fix it. For example, they might say that your walls are not in good condition even though they’re in perfect condition.

Scam 4: Asking for Too Much Money Upfront

A legitimate painting contractor will never ask for more than 30% of the total cost upfront. So, if they’re asking for 50% or more, that’s likely a scam.

Scam 5: The ‘We can do it for cheaper if you pay cash’ Scam

This is an adaptation of the earlier scam. The contractor will say they can do the job cheaper if you pay them in cash. But of course, once you pay them in cash, they’ll disappear, and you’ll never see them again.

Scam 6: The Refusal to Show a License Scam

The experts you hire must have up-to-date licenses. Refuse to hire a contractor if they even appear reluctant to provide their license.

We at B.I.G. Painting never hire subcontractors, and all our professionals have undergone background checks and are licensed and qualified. They will always arrive on time, respect your property, and complete the task at hand correctly.

Scam 7: Unwillingness to Provide References

A professional contractor such as B.I.G. Painting should have no problem providing you with references from past clients. If they’re unwilling or unable to provide references, that’s a red flag. It could mean they’re not as experienced as they claim to be, or they’ve done shady work in the past, and their clients are unwilling to vouch for them. Either way, you don’t want to take the risk.

So those are seven of the most common painting contractor scams. By being aware of these signs, you should be able to avoid any scams and get the best possible paint job for your home.

You can be sure that B.I.G. Painting will provide you with the highest quality products and services from beginning to end in Sandy Springs, GA. We aim to finish every project within a week, provide free color consultations upon request, and also provide on-site estimates!

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