Thinking about all of the wonderful colors you can paint your home can be fun and exciting. However, the actual task of painting your home can be a laborious chore. Even though repainting a home is probably the most popular home improvement project (and the one with the biggest impact), it’s definitely not the easiest project for a homeowner. It is a known fact that many homeowners decide to DIY it to save money. However, if you want stellar painting results, hiring a professional painting remodel contractor is always a better idea. You might pay a bit more from the start, but the amount of time and effort you’ll save is priceless, plus the results will always be better. However, the key for a quality and professional paint job starts with having the right paint contractor on the job. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right paint contractor.
Does the Painter have experience?
The first thing you want to look into when choosing the right paint expert is their experience. Make sure to ask how long have the company and their specific painters been in the business. The longer they have been doing this job, the better. This means they have the necessary experience to tackle your paint job and make you another happy customer. Experienced contractors also pay attention to preparatory works, so make sure to ask about their experience in that domain too. Ask about their techniques as well, since good contractor will be able to explain in very clear terms everything they’re planning to do.
Ask for references
Every experienced contractor probably has a bunch of satisfied customers you can call and arrange to take a look at some of their work. Another great way to find the right contractor is to ask your family and friends for a referral. They will always be completely honest with you and will tell you about their both good and bad experiences with paint contractors. However, every project is different, and if some people had a bad experience with a certain contractor, it doesn’t automatically mean you will be dissatisfied too.
What’s the price?
Even though experience should come first, most of us also need to know about the price in advance. If you want to avoid those unpleasant surprises, make sure to ask for a detailed written quote. And even though money plays a significant role, don’t necessarily choose the contractor that offers the lowest price. On the other hand, hiring the most expensive ones also doesn’t guarantee the best work either. Finding the good balance between price and expertise is how you’ll get the right people for the job.
What materials are they using?
If you want your paint job to look amazing and remain that way for a long time, you must inquire about materials your contractor is going to use. Choosing the right paint is important for the success of the job. Using brands such as Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams and other well known brands may be more expensive option , but will provide you with more satisfying results. Ask your contractors what kind of materials and wall paint they are planning to use for your project and if they’re using only high-quality industrial epoxy paint for your floors. High-quality paint is often more expensive, but the investment will pay off in the long run.
Check their Insurance and other documentation
A reliable painting contractor will have all the licenses, insurance and other required documents. It’s important to hire contractors with necessary papers because they protect both parties from any complications you might experience on site.
Is there a guarantee?
Besides licenses and insurance, every good contractor also offers a guarantee for the prep work, application of paint, as well as the products they are using, and ask how long does it last. If your contractor indeed offers such guarantees, ask for them in written form.
Keep your options open
Always ask for bids from at least three contractors. Once you have all of them, carefully compare them. Pay attention to prep work, materials and price before you make your final decision.
Painting your house is a project that shouldn’t be taken very lightly. However, if you choose the right painting contractor thanks these tips, everything will go smoothly, and you’ll end up with a home worth every design magazine.
About The Author: Amelia B. Atkins – Amelia Atkins is a featured contributor and author for several lifestyle blogs. She is a student of Architecture and Design. She has a passion for architecture and design and this is a trait runs deep in her family.