Learning How To Hire a Painter Can Save You Serious Amounts of Money, Both For the Service Quality and It’s Longevity
An article from ehow.com. Hiring a professional painter is more costly than doing it yourself, but it’s a quick and easy way to get the job done right. Here’s how to hire a top-quality painter for the best results.
1- Determine which areas of your home need to be painted.
2- Consider any work you want to have done before painting. For example, do you want to replace or repair moldings, patch damaged drywall or hang new doors?
3- Decide what colors and paints you want to use. You can get paint charts for all major brands at general home centers or paint stores. The painter you hire may also have suggestions – take these seriously.
4- Contact several painters. Ask friends, neighbors, builders and designers for recommendations. If you’re having difficulty locating house painters, check the yellow pages.
5- Have the painting contractors inspect the site and quote a price for the job. Make sure the contractors are quoting on the same specifications – areas to be painted, number of coats and so forth.
6- Ask the painters for references and contact them. Were the customers happy with the job? Did the painter complete the project in a timely and professional manner?
7- Select a painter based on price, track record and your impressions.
8- Execute a contract specifying the work to be done, total cost, payment schedule, start date and estimated completion date.
9- Make sure the contract includes the paint brands and colors to be used in each location, as well as the number of coats.
10- Make sure the contract specifies that the painter is responsible for cleanup and the removal of paint from all surfaces (windows, floors).
11- Remove all furniture and other movable items before the painter is scheduled to begin. Anything not removed should be piled together in the center of the room and thoroughly covered with drop cloths.