Few home improvements can be as zestful as a fresh 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 too simple at the outset, but there is so much to be done. 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. Clearly, he needs to come and personally check out your home while you tell him your expectations. Be very specific about the color or colors you want, even showing paint samples if you have any. If you’re uncertain, ask the painter to help you.
License and Insurance
As soon as you’ve found a few prospects, ask each if they are licensed (if required by the state where you live in) and insured. 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 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. 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 know the quality of work your prospect is capable of, straight from the mouths of those who have hired him before. If a painter refuses to give references, that’s a sign that you need to find another prospect. Don’t forget to check out online reviews too, especially if the painter was not personally recommended to you.
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. The paint manufacturer’s name, the paint color, gloss, grade, etc.must also be included, along with the surfaces to be painted and the number of coats to be applied. The application of a primer must be specified in the contract too. Lastly, it should be stated in the document that the painter is responsible for cleaning up.