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Tips for Choosing a House Painter

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 look like a simple job, but it’s not. 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:

Written Estimate

Ask your potential painter to give you a quote on the paint job you want. Obviously, he has to visit your home while you walk him through 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 makes sure you’re free from liability should someone accidentally get hurt on the job.

Past Projects 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. 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 an essential part on finding a good house painter. You’ll want to find out the quality of work your prospect can give you, based on the accounts of people who have actually worked with him before. If a painter doesn’t want to provide references, that’s a sure sign you have to look elsewhere. Don’t forget to check out online reviews too, especially if the painter was not personally recommended to you.

Contract

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. 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.

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