What to Look for when Hiring a Painting Contractor


1. Professional painters always use contracts.

So, if your guy shows up at your door without a contract or heavens forbid even a Business card he’s probably not a professional painter and probably will not do a professional job.The contract should include what will be done and the products to be used. This includes the type and amount of surface preparation to be done, priming and the brand of paint. It should also include how many coats of paint will be applied.

2. Prepping for paint.

Paint preparation is the foundation for the entire job — if done correctly your paint will perform to its fullest potential. If done incorrectly, the best paint will crack, peel, or chip easily. make sure your painter will do any necessary repairs before he starts your painting project. Dirty walls should be cleaned, especially near the stove and sink. Greasy deposits and soap scum can interfere with the paints adhesion.

3. Don’t forget to ask about extra costs.

Removing heavy furniture may not be included in the painter’s estimates. If you can’t do it, ask if there will be an extra charge. Also, having to paint crown molding, baseboards or walls/ceilings taller than the average of 8 feet can also add to costs.

4. Pick a paint color.

Keep in mind the perceived space of your room. Dark colors tend to make a room look smaller, while light colors can open up the space. Test drive your colors by investing in a quart-sized (or smaller) can of paint in the colors you’re thinking of using before you buy a bigger (and more expensive) can. Paint a small portion of your walls and watch the colors in different lights throughout the day so you don’t get stuck with a color that only looks good in broad daylight. Stick with neutral colors if you’re planning to sell your home. Keep in mind that buyers want to be able to visualize their things in your home.

5. Choose a finish.

If you have many imperfections on your walls, consider a flat paint it will show up less of the imperfections, but please bear in mind that flat paints are harder to clean. An eggshell or satin finish has a slight shine/gloss and is also good for walls, but holds up better with cleaning. A general rule is the higher the sheen, the better it will stand up to washing and cleaning, but.it will also so up more of the imperfections on your surface.

6. If you fail to hire a good painting contractor

I can tell you from years of experience how many times we’ve had to go back to a home and correct work from a person who told the home owner that he was a painter we’ve repaired damaged walls, remove paint from carpets and tile and just do overall “clean up” and finish painting behind these handyman types, Jack of all trades type or self-created painting contractors. Not only will you be extremely frustrated but you could end up with damaged furniture, unfinished work or just a generally sloppy job! You will also have to pay another contractor to come out and do it right. So, before you hire John Doe to paint for you , ask him/her for references, make sure (s)he has a well-written web site, ask for pictures of his/her work and require them to provide their licensing and insurance information. After all, who will pay to replace your paint-soaked couch if this person has no insurance.

Article provided courtesy of www.wepaintphilly.com