Not many home improvements are as refreshing as a 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 look like a simple job, but it’s not. 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 ready to hire a professional house painter, let the following tips help you:
Ask your potential painter to give you a quote on the paint job you want. 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 need help choosing, ask the painter.
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 is no guarantee of a great job, but you do have a better chance of getting one with it. Of course, insurance keeps you from being liable when someone injures themselves on the job.
Previous Projects Client References
Researching painters online will likely lead you to lots of pictures of their past projects. Don’t trust these images completely however. Ask the painter instead to bring you to at least two projects (must be similar to yours) they’ve done no later than three years ago. 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 know the quality of work your prospect is capable of, straight from the mouths of those who have hired him before. 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 with your house painter must be very specific. All the crucial information must be there, such as when the work will start, the estimated completion time, the materials to be used and their individual costs and the payment schedule. The paint manufacturer’s name, the paint color, gloss, grade, etc.must also be included, along with the surfaces to be painted and the number of coats to be applied. The contract must indicate that a primer will be applied as well. Lastly, it should be stated in the document that the painter is responsible for cleaning up.