Not many home improvements are as refreshing as a new layer of paint. A paint job can practically give your home an automatic facelift. Of course, if you want the best results, you shouldn’t hesitate hiring a professional. Painting may seem all so simple, but you may be surprised. 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.
Past Projects and Client References
When researching painters online, you’ll probably find a lot of pictures of paint jobs they’ve done before. 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 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 check out online reviews too, especially if the painter was not personally recommended to you.
The contract with your house painter must be very specific. All the pertinent information should be included, including the project’s start and end dates, materials to be used and a cost breakdown, and the schedule of payments. 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 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.