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! 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 constructed earlier than 1978, it’s likely covered in lead-based paint, which an expert can take care of.
If you’re all set to hire a professional house painter, here are tips to help you:
Ask your prospective painter to provide an estimate on your project. Obviously, he has to visit your home while you walk him through your expectations. Be very particular when it comes to colors and if possible, show paint samples. If you’re uncertain, ask the painter to help you.
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 frees you from liability, in case somebody hurts themselves on the job.
Previous Projects 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 your prospect to personally show you at least two projects similar to yours, which are three years old or older. You want to know how the materials and colors they used stood up over time.
Checking references is a vital part of finding a professional house painter. You’ll want to know the quality of work your prospect is capable of, straight from the mouths of those who have hired him before. If your prospect won’t provide references, he probably has something to hide so go look for another painter. 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 crucial information has to be stated, such as the start and estimated end dates of the project, materials that will be used with their individual costs, and payment schedule. There should also be a mention of the paint manufacturer’s name,the paint’s grade, gloss, base, etc., which surfaces will be painted on and how many coats. The application of a primer must be specified in the contract too. Finally, the document should state that the painter is responsible for cleaning up after the job is done.