Few home improvements can be as zestful as a fresh layer of paint. A paint job can practically give your home an automatic facelift. Certainly, if you want the best results, you should hire a professional to do it. Painting may seem all too simple at the outset, but there is so much to be done. If your home was built before 1978, it may be covered in lead-based paint, and that is something an expert can fix.
When hiring a professional house painter, here are some tips to look into:
Ask your prospective painter to provide an estimate on your project. Clearly, he needs to come and personally check out your home while you tell him your expectations. Be very specific about colors and show paint samples if you have any. If you’re uncertain, ask the painter to help you.
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. 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 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 your prospect won’t provide references, he probably has something to hide so go look for another painter. 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 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. 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, the document should state that cleaning up will be the responsibility of the painter.