Plastering companies are specialized contractors. One may be an expert stucco plaster contractor, while another may concentrate specifically on wall plastering. Not all general contractors can--or should be--the first people you contact when you are looking for plastering service. Leave large-scale work to the professionals.
Finding a reputable plastering contractor may not be easy. Some states do not have laws that require contractors to hold any kind of license to call themselves a professional plastering company. It isn’t fun being ripped off by a contractor, and unfortunately it is all too common these days. Here are some ways to protect yourself when looking at professional plastering contractors:
1. Find local plastering businesses.
2. Interview and verify licenses.
3. Collect multiple estimates for plaster service.
Perform an Internet search of plasterers in your areaThe Internet is a great resource to find plastering services in your general area. You may even be able to read reviews from former customers. While many general contractors may offer plastering services, they may not specialize in it. For example, if you are looking to get extensive detailed stucco work done, your best bet would be to find a plastering contractor who specializes in stucco plastering.
Research the permits and records of plastering companiesAsk any person ripped off by a contractor what one of their biggest regrets was, and they are likely to tell you they didn't research enough. Consumers are "savvier" these days, but that doesn't mean that every victim performed exhaustive research into a prospective plasterer.
Collect at least 4 estimates from prospective plasterers and don't assume anythingYou want to get the best deal possible and contractors know this. Beware of estimates that seem too good to be true. It is important to gather as much information as you can ahead of time so you have a ballpark figure in your head of what the job will cost. Many times a stucco contractor will want to show you a lower price, so he won't include everything in the estimate, such as the cost of disposing of the refuse, container rental or specific licenses you may need to have the work performed.
- Ask for stucco plaster contractor referrals from a general contractor you trust.