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How to Choose a House Painter

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. 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 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:

Written Quote

Ask your prospective painter for an estimate of the paint job you need. Obviously, he has to come to your home and see the area personally while you discuss your expectations. Be very specific about the color or colors you want, even showing paint samples if you have any. If you’re uncertain, ask the painter to help you.

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.

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 need to see how the materials and colors survived the elements over the 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 online read reviews too, especially if you found the painter without a personal referral.

Contract

The contract with your house painter must 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. 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 contract must indicate that a primer will be applied as well. Lastly, it should be stated in the document that the painter is responsible for cleaning up.

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