Every so often, homes need a fresh coat of paint to protect them from the elements and allow you to enjoy your home more. It also freshens up the curb appeal. Painting your house yourself can be a lot of work and take a lot of time, so hiring a painter is probably the smart option. There’s a lot of things to consider, but this article will guide you through the process. Here are a few things to look for when hiring a painter.
Where to Start Looking
There are a few places you need to check for references before hiring a painter, but the tried and true method is word-of-mouth. Reach out to family and friends first to ask about their experiences. They can tell you who did a great job or who did not do such a great job. The best part of this method is these people are references you know you can trust.
Looking online is another good place to check painters’ reputations. Although people tend to post their negative comments more than their positive ones, online reviews can be a good starting point when figuring out which painters in your area are reliable and do quality work.
Questions to Ask Painters
Aside from gathering intel from your peers and the internet, you should visit the painters’ businesses to inquire about their work. Here are some questions you can ask the painters to get a better feel for their business:
- How long have you been painting houses?
- How experienced is your crew?
- What happens if the paint gets somewhere it’s not supposed to like the pavement, tiles, or carpet?
- Do you clean up and pick up trash at the end?
- Do you have a warranty or guarantee?
- What kind of prep work do you include in your quotes?
- Do you spray, roll, or brush on outside walls? What about the inside?
What to Expect From the Painter
Here are some of the standard things you can expect from a professional and quality painter:
Good painters are on time for their jobs and on time with finishing their jobs. If they give you an estimate as to how many days the project will take, they will stick to that timeline. If anything should change, a quality painter will be in communication with you about those changes and why they’ve occurred.
It’s standard for professional painters to do a walk-through of the project area to take pictures, ask questions, measure, and estimate the number of materials they will need. Some of these factors factor into the estimate they should provide you with, including the approximate cost of the project.
The estimate should not just be scribbled on a piece of paper with no background information. Quality painters will practically spell out how much the project should cost and why, such as the cost of materials, paint, labor, etc. They will also include the schedule of the project.
If you need a paint job for your home, look no further than America’s Painters Pro in DeSoto, Coppell, and Southlake, Texas. We have experienced painters who would be glad to do a walk-through of your home and calculate an estimate for you. Just contact us today! We can discuss the kind of project you’re looking at, colors, and answer any of your questions.