Few home improvements can be as zestful as a fresh layer of paint. A paint job can actually transform your home in an instant! 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 built before 1978, it may be covered in lead-based paint, and that is something an expert can fix.
If you’re ready to hire a professional house painter, let the following tips help you:
Ask your prospective painter for an estimate of the paint job you need. Clearly, he needs to come and personally check out your home while you tell him your expectations. Be very particular when it comes to colors and if possible, show paint samples. If you’re uncertain, ask the painter to help you.
License and Insurance
After finding a few prospects, ask if they are licensed (if applicable in your state) and insured. A license is no assurance that your project will be successful, but it does increase the odds. Of course, insurance frees you from liability, in case somebody hurts themselves on the job.
Previous Jobs and 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. 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 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.
Your contract with the house painter needs to be very specific. All crucial information has to be stated, such as the start and estimated end dates of the project, materials that will be used with their individual costs, and payment schedule. There should also be a mention of the paint manufacturer’s name,the paint’s grade, gloss, base, etc., which surfaces will be painted on and how many coats. 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.