Few things can be more refreshing than a home with a nice new layer of paint. A paint job can actually transform your home in an instant! Certainly, if you want the best results, you should hire a professional to do it. Painting may look like a simple job, but it’s not. If you live in a home built before 1978, it may still be covered in lead-based paint, and that is something that must be taken care of by an expert.
If you’re ready to hire a professional house painter, let the following tips help you:
Ask your prospective painter for an estimate of the paint job you need. Clearly, he needs to come and personally check out your home while you tell him your expectations. Be very particular when it comes to colors and if possible, show paint samples. If you need help choosing, ask the painter.
License and Insurance
As soon as you’ve found a few prospects, ask each if they are licensed (if required by the state where you live in) and insured. A license is no assurance that your project will be successful, but it does increase the odds. Of course, insurance keeps you from being liable when someone injures themselves on the job.
Previous Jobs and Client References
Researching painters online will likely lead you to lots of pictures of their past projects. But don’t rely on these images. Instead, ask the painter to show you at least two jobs that are similar to yours, which they did three years ago or earlier. You need to see how the materials and colors survived the elements over the time.
Checking references is an essential part on finding a good house painter. You’ll want to know how competent and professional your prospect is based on the experiences of his past clients. If a painter refuses to give references, that’s a sign that you need to find another prospect. Remember to read online reviews as well, especially if you found the painter without anyone’s recommendation.
The contract you have with a house painter should to be very detailed. 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 application of a primer must be specified in the contract too. Lastly, it should be stated in the document that the painter is responsible for cleaning up.