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 seem all so simple, but you may be surprised. 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 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 not sure, ask for the painter’s professional opinion.
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 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.
Previous Projects Client References
When researching painters online, you’ll probably find a lot of pictures of paint jobs they’ve done before. Don’t count on these images though. Instead, ask your prospect to personally show you at least two projects similar to yours, which are three years old or older. It’s important to see how the materials and colors used held over time.
Checking references is an essential part on finding 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.
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 will have to specify the application of a primer too. Lastly, the document should state that cleaning up will be the responsibility of the painter.