8 Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Painter

by RobertKeith

Painting your home can be a great way to update and improve its overall look.

While you can certainly do the work yourself, this is time-consuming, exhausting, and can be difficult to do correctly. By hiring a painter instead, you get beautiful results in a fraction of the time. However, the decision of who to hire shouldn't be taken lightly. Before choosing a painter, think about the 8 things below.

1. Their Experience

Not all Noosa painters are created equally, which is why it's crucial to ask anyone you're going to hire what type of experience they have. This is especially important if you're having a special job done, such as painting a highly textured surface. Knowing more about how long they've been painting can also give you peace of mind that they know what they're doing. 

2. What Services They Offer

Some painters will prep the room, paint, and then clean up in order to provide you with the most comprehensive service possible. However, this isn't always the case. Some may only paint or only prep and then paint in order to save time. It's important to be clear with your contractor about what you expect in order to make sure their service will accommodate those needs. 

Do you have any holes or blemishes in the wall that need to be cleaned up? Some painters can fix these for you, although not all provide this service. If you like a painter that cannot do the necessary repairs, then have these completed by a general contractor before painting is to be completed. 

Hiring a Great Painter
Hiring a Great Painter

3. How Long the Job Will Take

When showing a painter the area you'd like to have covered, it's important to be detailed about everything you want to be covered. By doing so, they'll be able to give you a more accurate estimate of how long the job will take. It's important to remember, that even with great detail, your estimate is just an estimate. Sometimes painting jobs can take longer (especially those outdoors) and sometimes they can finish up more quickly. 

4. Your Required Prep Work

In order for painters to do their job, you may have to do a little bit of preparation work. This could mean moving furniture, cleaning a wall, having a wall repaired, or even power washing an outdoor surface. Make sure any of this necessary preparation is done before the painter is hired to come over and do the job. 

5. Their Customer Reviews

It never hurts to learn a little bit more about a contractor before you hire them. This is even true with painters. Fortunately, you can look most painting companies up online to see what type of experiences other customers have had. If there are negative reviews, don't make those your focal points. Remember to read the good as well so you can get a well-rounded view of what you can expect from their service. 

6. License and Insurance Information

Professional painters need to have the necessary licenses and insurance policies to protect both themselves and you while they are working. Reputable companies that value their customers shouldn't mind you asking about this information. 

7. How Much it Will Cost

Nobody likes being surprised by a bill that's higher than they anticipated it to be, especially with a service like painting. To avoid this situation, have an estimate done by painting companies ahead of time. By doing so, you'll see which is the cheapest, which is the most expensive, and which offers the overall best value for the work you need to have done. 

8. Are Touch-ups Included?

Even the best painters can leave behind bare spots where the paint didn't take or just missed completely. Ask about whether or not touch-ups are included before you hire someone. While you may not need this service, it can provide peace of mind if you know it's there. 

Hiring a Great Painter

By considering the eight details above, you'll be sure to choose a painter that you'll enjoy working with. Whether you're painting your home's interior, exterior, or the garage, having a solid contractor there to paint can make all the difference. In addition to saving you time, it will ensure you end up with the beautiful results you desire.

Updated: 05/18/2018, RobertKeith
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