Few home improvements can be as zestful as a fresh layer of paint. A paint job can give your home an instant but dramatic facelift. Definitely, the best way to get the best results is always hiring a professional. Painting may seem all so simple, but you may be surprised. If you live in a home built before 1978, it may still be covered in lead-based paint, and that is something that must be taken care of by an expert.
When hiring a professional house painter, here are some tips to look into:
Ask your prospective painter for an estimate of the paint job you need. Clearly, he needs to come and personally check out your home while you tell him your expectations. Be very particular when it comes to colors and if possible, show paint samples. If you need help choosing, ask the painter.
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.
Past Projects and Client References
When researching painters online, you’ll probably find a lot of pictures of paint jobs they’ve done before. But don’t rely on these images. Instead, ask your prospect to personally show you at least two projects similar to yours, which are three years old or older. 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 doesn’t want to provide references, that’s a sure sign you have to look elsewhere. 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 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 application of a primer must be specified in the contract too. Finally, the document should state that the painter is responsible for cleaning up after the job is done.