Cabinet refinishing or painting can be a great way to upgrade your kitchen space and give it that “wow factor” you might be searching for. Painting or refinishing can also be a bit more cost-effective compared to getting brand-new cabinets. You can read more about that in our blog article 5 Reasons to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Instead of Buying New Ones.
If you’ve decided to refinish your cabinets or are in the preliminary research phase before diving in, this blog is for you. We’ll guide you on what to look for when hiring a professional for the job. If you’re considering painting or refinishing the cabinets yourself, we also have an article outlining key considerations for DIY enthusiasts like yourself; you can check that out here.
But for those who want to go the “less hands-on” approach and hire a professional, keep reading. We’ll give you things to think about when finding the right company for the job.
Does the painting company you’re considering have good reviews online?
Reviews say a lot about a company’s quality of service. There are plenty of places to check reviews online nowadays. Don’t just check the reviews on the company’s website, as those could be carefully selected or even made up by the company. Check reviews on Google, Facebook, Home advisor and other review sites.
Check not only the amount of reviews, but also what people are actively saying about the company and the ratings that are being left.
Does the company stand by their work and offer warranties?
A reputable company will offer warranties on their work. This can give the homeowner some peace of mind and can ensure that the painting or refinishing job is going to last. It is important to note that not all warranties are created equal, so make sure to check out the fine print and what the warranty includes. Look at this company’s warranty. It states what is and what is not included.
Our company also offers a couple of warranty options, including an industry-leading 5-year warranty and a standard 1-year warranty on our cabinet painting and refinishing work. You can contact us to learn more.
Will the company offer clear communication and an honest quote?
A reputable company excels in communicating all project aspects, including pricing, materials, warranties, and more. Assessing a company’s communication effectiveness may be challenging until you’re in the midst of the project, but there are early indicators to consider.
One approach is to scrutinize reviews and observe comments regarding communication. Additionally, when seeking a quote, assess the company’s responsiveness and follow-up practices. During the quoting process, inquire about their communication methods with customers. These methods provide insight into a company’s communication effectiveness before the project commences.
If the company provides financing options, don’t hesitate to seek details. They should transparently communicate the terms.
Here is an example of a review our company has that can give you insight into their responsiveness and communication.
Does the company have a good track record?
This simply means looking at the work they have done in the past, their experience, reviews, ect. Check out their social media (if they have them) and website to see their work. A good company that is proud of their work will be (or shall we say, should be) posting it on social media and on their website.
Another aspect of a good track record is how many years the company has been in business. Now, we want to be careful here. Just because a cabinet refinishing company has been in business for many years does not mean for sure that they are quality. On the flipside, just because a company doesn’t have many years of experience doesn’t mean that they aren’t good, either. It is just something to keep in mind while researching.
Does the company have a thorough process when it comes to cabinet refinishing?
It is important to see the company’s process for cabinet refinishing or painting projects. If the process lacks appropriate steps, then you may want to look for another company to do the job. Cabinet painting is a unique type of project, and many painting companies will include it with their services, although they are not fully equipped to paint or refinish cabinets.
Painting cabinets the right way can include:
- Removing and labeling all hardware
- Sanding of the cabinets
- Cleaning the clients professionally before painting
- Filling in of any dents or holes
- Knowing where to prime and the right primers to use
- Choosing the right cabinet paint for long-lasting results (we import our cabinet paint from Italy!)
- Using a professional quality sprayer and NOT using a brush and roll method
- Re-installing cabinets and hardware
- Proper cleanup of the project
Not following the appropriate steps is an easy way to make costly mistakes, so make sure the company you choose has the right steps in place to ensure a professional and quality job!
Is the company bonded and insured?
This is a critical one. The bond can protect you from any losses caused by the painter not completing the job according to the agreement. In many states, the bond is a prerequisite for companies before they can obtain insurance.
The insurance can protect you from having to cover any losses due to damages caused by the painting company.
If you are looking at a company that is not bonded or insured, we strongly urge you to look elsewhere. In the case that you do work with an uninsured company, you will not be protected.
There are other benefits to working with a cabinet refinishing contractor that is bonded and insured. You can read more in this blog article by the “Painting Pros.”
A bonus: is the company certified for speciality coating and finishes
Companies that specialize in cabinet painting and refinishing may be certified for specialist coatings and finishes. This means that they have passed certain courses and are certified to use certain tools, products and finishes for cabinets. This can give your cabinets an even more satisfactory and quality finish.
So, what to look for when hiring someone to refinish your cabinets?
In summary, what to look for when hiring someone to refinish your cabinets is their reviews, warranties they offer, their client communication, a track record of their cabinet projects, a thorough process, and being bonded and insured.
When looking for a company to paint your cabinets, you want to do your homework. There are a lot of painting contractors who offer cabinet painting services but don’t spend the time and energy necessarily perfecting this craft, so be alert. We hope that this blog article has given you some things to think about and questions to ask while on your search for a painting company.
If you want to learn more about our cabinet services, feel free to contact us! We are a local, 5-star-owned painting company specializing in high-quality, professional cabinet painting and refinishing. We are also certified for specialty coating and finishes, and have a very thorough process to ensure that your cabinets will look great and last for years to come!