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 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 potential painter to give you a quote on the paint job you want. Obviously, he has to come to your home and see the area personally while you discuss 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 is no assurance that your project will be successful, but it does increase the odds. Of course, insurance keeps you from being liable when someone injures themselves on the job.
Previous Projects Client References
When you research painters on the Internet, you may find several pictures of projects they’ve completed. But don’t rely on these images. Instead, ask the painter to show you at least two jobs that are similar to yours, which they did three years ago or earlier. You want to know how the materials and colors they used stood up over time.
Checking references is important if you’re looking for 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 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 you have with a house painter should to be very detailed. All the crucial information must be there, such as when the work will start, the estimated completion time, the materials to be used and their individual costs and the 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.