Things to consider when chosing a painting contractor to undertake your painting requirements

 Unlike a number of our competitors Rudi’s Painting Service has a registered office in Kew and are easily contactable – We are confident that the peace of mind gained by using a reputable company far outweighs any small cost savings you might find. We would expect you to shop around and we have prepared a small checklist below to assist you with comparing 'apples with apples.'


Registered Business

When employing a contractor to undertake any type of works in your home, office or investment property, ensure they a have listed phone number and address (not a mobile and /or post office box) when things go wrong and they can tend to get a lot worse with these types of businesses if things go wrong, it also can make it very difficult to locate them.


Guarantee

Check that any companies you deal with are willing to stand by their work. Australian and Industry Standards stipulate that a contractor must provide a 5 year guarantee. Rudi’s Painting provides a 5 year guarantee on all workmanship and only uses premium grade paints that carry a 10 year minimum warranty.

Team

Always check that the tradesman undertaking the works are employees of the company that you have employed and that the company has not subcontracted the job out to another company or group of people.


Quotation

Ensure that you receive a written quotation - that is clear – lists all the areas that your require painting. The total price including the GST and an ABN number.  Read the specification of the quotation carefully and that you are comparing 'apples for apples' in areas such as what type of preparation, number of coats, and the type of paint is being used. Contractors that take short cuts here are certainly going to take short cuts on your job.


Paint

Most manufacturers have 3 tiers of paint quality, a budget, standard and premium range. Make sure any other company you consider specifies premium paint from a reputable paint manufacturer in their quotation. Rudi’s Painting Service only uses the Premium products - unless specified in writing.


Paint

A query I am constantly asked is why is there is a vast difference between quotes. Some believe that a high price means the contractor does not want the job – so untrue. Employing a tradesperson is not like buying a fridge. You can generally see the difference between fridges when purchasing - whereas you cannot see the final product when employing a tradesman. The differences between quotations really depend on the level of preparation each contractor perceives is required. It can also depend on what OH&S measures the contractor is going to undertake to ensure that the works are performed in a safe manner. Be wary of a cheaper quote it may reflect shortcuts, substandard preparation, poor workmanship,  inferior materials used, or may mean that the company does not pay certain overheads such as insurances.


Price

A query I am constantly asked is why is there is a vast difference between quotes. Some believe that a high price means the contractor does not want the job – so untrue. Employing a tradesperson is not like buying a fridge. You can generally see the difference between fridges when purchasing - whereas you cannot see the final product when employing a tradesman. The differences between quotations really depend on the level of preparation each contractor perceives is required. It can also depend on what OH&S measures the contractor is going to undertake to ensure that the works are performed in a safe manner. Be wary of a cheaper quote it may reflect shortcuts, substandard preparation, poor workmanship,  inferior materials used, or may mean that the company does not pay certain overheads such as insurances.


Insurances

It is your best interests to always request proof of insurance before employing a painting contractor - a “Certificate of Currency” for Public Liability Insurance and Work Cover (or similar)  is a good indication that they a reputable company.


Team

Is there a professional team of experts to ensure a good quality job in a faster time frame?


Associations

Is the company affiliated with credible industry bodies?

Rudi’s Painting Service has been a member of the Master Painters Association for 45 years.


Well Established

Rudi’s Painting Service has been operating in Australia for over 49 years and has a registered business office - at 616 High St, Kew 3101


Payment

Although a cash payment may appear to save you money – please be very cautious of any persons asking for payment in cash (especially without offering a receipt). It can sometimes be difficult to rectify problems if defective paintwork suddenly appears.


Environment

Does the company dispose of products in a safe way and maintain a clean worksite?


Presentation

Is the company well presented, courteous & likely to look after your home?


Environmental Policy

Rudi’s Painting Service holds the National Accreditation of enviropainter©. This means we are versed in environmentally friendly work practices, including waste management and the latest products and materials available that will minimise the impact on the environment. We use the 'Enviro-Wash' system to clean our rollers & brushes, to protect our waterways and your garden. We dispose of all our solvents in an environmentally responsible manner.