Finding a House Painting Contractor
Certain home improvement jobs absolutely call for a professional, if only to guarantee satisfying results. When hiring a painter, you must consider some crucial issues. Besides, not all of them are created equal.
Finding House Painters
In general, it’s best to hire a local painter because they are likely to be more conscious about their work outcomes compared to national franchises. One dissatisfied customer can cause considerable damage to their reputation in the community! Though paint contractors usually focus on painting, some accept associated projects like wallpapering, plaster repairs, etc.
One thing you should know about is the potentially difficult part of finding a painting contractor: having them show up. This is typically due to very tight schedules, but professionalism is professionalism. Very importantly, insist on getting a detailed written estimate of your costs and timeline before you start.
Your biggest resource when looking for local painters is usually the World Wide Web. If you’re still not satisfied with what you get, try seeking referrals from your neighbors. As well, contractors may put signs on the front yards of homes that they’re presently working in, or sometimes, you’ll just see a parked white panel van. In any case, do talk to your neighbor and ask them how they find the contractor’s services.
Another source of leads could be local magazines where renovated homes are featured. There is usually a section dedicated to names and contact details of the professionals involved, but be warned: they are often very, very expensive.
Talking to the House Painter
Unlike talking to a plumber or electrician, you will not need to know technical terms. During your conversation, make it a point to ask about such things as the cost of the paint included in the estimate, the type of paint to be used, how many coats will be applied, and whether non-paintable areas will be covered for protection.
And don’t forget to ask if you have to move the family out temporarily while work is ongoing.
Calculating Your Total Costs
Some painting contractors make use of particular formulas when computing a project’s total cost. For instance, they may add wall and ceiling square footage, and the linear footage of the trim. They will look into preparation time as well, plus primer and paint “hard costs.”
They might also base their estimate on jobs they’ve done previously. This estimate will not be specific, but it will give you a reasonably good picture. To determine whether this is a good estimate, ask other contractors to provide quotes, and make comparisons.