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7 Negative Effects of Hiring the Wrong Painter

February 21st, 2024 | 3 min read

By Kaylea Kuhlman

Man sitting on the floor next to a wall and painting the baseboard white with a brush.

Choosing the right painting company can significantly impact the outcome of your home improvement project. A professional and reputable painting contractor can transform your space into a work of art, while a subpar or unreliable company can lead to many negative consequences. 

Many painters will offer you a low cost to do your project. While this is typically what you want to see, many risks come along with a cheap job. 

It’s important to remember, while hiring any painting contractor, that you are finding someone to work inside or around your home. It’s essential to have trust and confidence in your decision of who you decide to hire.

Brush & Roll Painting in Omaha, NE is a trusted residential painter. We take pride in providing a great customer experience. Over the years, we have heard horror stories and fixed jobs from unprofessional painters. 

We know we are not the best choice for every project, but we want to save you the stress and frustration of inexperienced painters and help you find the best one for you.

In this article, we will explore the various negative effects someone can experience if they hire the wrong or a bad painting company. By reading this article, you will better understand what you want to look for while hiring a painter for your project. 

1. Poor Quality Workmanship by Painters

Paint bubbling on yellow colored exterior siding of home.

One of the most significant repercussions of hiring the wrong painting company is subpar workmanship. 

Unskilled or careless painters may fail to prepare surfaces properly, apply paint evenly, or use inferior products. The result is an unprofessional finish that can make your home appear unattractive and negatively impact its value.

This could look like paint failing quickly and visible imperfections.

2. Your Wasted Time and Paint Project Investment

When you hire an inexperienced or unreliable painting company, you may face unexpected delays and increased costs. This can occur due to missed deadlines, the need for extensive repainting potentially by another company, or the purchase of additional materials to fix mistakes. 

Ultimately, you may spend more money and time than initially budgeted for. Given the results, you may choose to have the project redone by a different contractor if you are left disappointed. This will double or triple the original amount you were originally expecting for your project.

3. Painters and Unreliable Scheduling

Person using their digital calendar on an iPad.

A bad painting company may struggle with scheduling and project management. This can lead to frustrating delays in your project's completion, leaving you inconvenienced and living with a project that hasn’t been touched for an extended period. 

In some cases, painting contractors have been known to simply never show up to complete the job.

Reliable painting contractors adhere to schedules and provide realistic timelines for project completion.

4. Lack of Communication by the Painter

Effective communication is vital in any home improvement project. A poor painting company may lack communication, making discussing concerns, changes, or project updates challenging. 

This can lead to misunderstandings and dissatisfaction with the final result.

For your project, you deserve a painting company that will listen to your concerns and answer any questions promptly. You also deserve to be updated on the status of your project.

5. Potential Safety Hazards and Painter Liability Issues

Person on ladder against the exterior of a home.

Safety should always be a top priority. Hiring a company that doesn't follow safety protocols can put your property and its occupants at risk. 

Paint fumes, chemical exposure, and improper use of equipment can lead to health concerns or even accidents on the job site. If an accident occurs on your property or the work is incomplete or unsatisfactory, you may face costly legal battles or difficulties seeking compensation.

To eliminate the risk, hire a painting company that is licensed and insured. 

Accidents can happen even when safety measures are enforced, so the painter's employees must be protected, which will protect your investment. 

6. Damaged Property

Inexperienced or careless painters can cause damage to your property, including furniture, fixtures, and flooring. Mishandled tools, spills, and accidents can result in additional expenses for repairs and replacements.

These issues, in addition to some previously discussed, will be a nightmare to resolve.

7. Your Stress and Frustration

Woman sitting down in her home looking stressed.

A home improvement project should enhance your living space, not create stress and frustration. 

Dealing with an unreliable or unprofessional painting company can take a toll on your peace of mind and overall well-being. 

Taking time to ensure you are making the best decision for you and your home for your project is crucial. The price may look great or you might have a great first impression, but the issues can arise from a low-priced painter.


Hiring the wrong or a bad painting company can have far-reaching negative effects on your home improvement project. From poor workmanship and wasted time and money to unreliable scheduling and potential safety hazards, the consequences of such a choice can be significant. 

To avoid these issues, it is essential to research and choose a reputable painting contractor with a proven track record of quality work and customer satisfaction. Doing so will ensure a successful project and peace of mind throughout the process.

At Brush & Roll Painting, we will likely be the highest bid you get for your project. We know we are not the best choice for everyone and may be out of your budget. However, our prep work process, high-quality products, and dedication to a great customer experience eliminate the risk of harming your investment. To schedule a quote with us, click the link below.


Next, download this free guide to hiring a painter. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve hired your fair share, this guide will prepare you for the first phase of your next project.

Kaylea Kuhlman

Kaylea is the Brush & Roll Painting Content Manager.