Not many home improvements are as refreshing as a new layer of paint. A paint job can give your home an instant but dramatic facelift. Certainly, if you want the best results, you should hire a professional to do it. Painting may seem all so simple, but you may be surprised. 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 potential painter to give you a quote on the paint job you want. 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 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.
Previous Jobs and Client References
When you research painters on the Internet, you may find several pictures of projects they’ve completed. Don’t count on these images though. 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 a vital part of finding a professional house painter. You’ll want to know how competent and professional your prospect is based on the experiences of his past clients. If a painter refuses to give references, that’s a sign that you need to find another prospect. 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. 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 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.