Painters – Getting Started & Next Steps

How to Choose a House Painter

Few things can be more refreshing than a home with a nice new layer of paint. A paint job can give your home an instant but dramatic facelift. Of course, if you want the best results, you shouldn’t hesitate hiring a professional. Painting may seem all too simple at the outset, but there is so much to be done. If your home was built before 1978, it may be covered in lead-based paint, and that is something an expert can fix.

When hiring a professional house painter, here are some tips to look into:

Written Estimate

Ask your prospective painter to provide an estimate on your project. Obviously, he has to come to your home and see the area personally while you discuss your expectations. Be very specific about colors and show paint samples if you have any. If you’re not sure, ask for the painter’s professional opinion.

License and Insurance

The moment you’ve found some prospects, ask each one if they have a license (if this applies to your state) and insurance. A license does not guarantee a successful project, but it does raise your chances of having one. Of course, insurance makes sure you’re free from liability should someone accidentally get hurt on the job.

Past Projects and Client References

When you research painters on the Internet, you may find several pictures of projects they’ve completed. But don’t rely on these images. Instead, ask your prospect to personally show you at least two projects similar to yours, which are three years old or older. You need to see how the materials and colors survived the elements over the time.

Checking references is important if you’re looking for a good house painter. You’ll want to find out the quality of work your prospect can give you, based on the accounts of people who have actually worked with him before. If your prospect won’t provide references, he probably has something to hide so go look for another painter. Don’t forget to online read reviews too, especially if you found the painter without a personal referral.

Contract

The contract with your house painter must be very specific. All the pertinent information should be included, including the project’s start and end dates, materials to be used and a cost breakdown, and the schedule of payments. Even the paint manufacturer’s name, color, grade, etc. should be mentioned, along with where the paints will be applied and how many coats should be applied. The contract will have to specify the application of a primer too. Lastly, it should be stated in the document that the painter is responsible for cleaning up.

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