Few home improvements can be as zestful as a fresh 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 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 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 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
After finding a few prospects, ask if they are licensed (if applicable in your state) and insured. A license is no guarantee of a great job, but you do have a better chance of getting one with it. Of course, insurance frees you from liability, in case somebody hurts themselves on the job.
Past Projects and Client References
When you research painters on the Internet, you may find several pictures of projects they’ve completed. 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 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. Finally, the document should state that the painter is responsible for cleaning up after the job is done.