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Finding a Good Painting Contractor

Few things can be more refreshing than a home with a nice new 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.

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 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 need help choosing, ask the painter.

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 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. Don’t count on these images though. Ask the painter instead to bring you to at least two projects (must be similar to yours) they’ve done no later than three years ago. 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 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. Don’t forget to online read reviews too, especially if you found the painter without a personal referral.

Contract

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. Even the paint manufacturer’s name, color, grade, etc. should be mentioned, along with where the paints will be applied and how many coats should be applied. The contract will have to specify the application of a primer too. Lastly, the document should state that cleaning up will be the responsibility of the painter.

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