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. Definitely, the best way to get the best results is always 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 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 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 keeps you from being liable when someone injures themselves 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. 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 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 a painter doesn’t want to provide references, that’s a sure sign you have to look elsewhere. 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. 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 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.