When planning to give your home a face-lift the first thing on your agenda is a paint job. You need to hire the perfect painting contractor to understand your requirements and give you the best finish at the most affordable price. Here are a few tips to help you hire the right painting contractor.
How to distinguish a reliable painting contractor?
A painting contractor should spend a decent amount of time with you to figure out exactly what you want in your project, so they can compute an estimate for you. A good painting contractor won’t tell you what you need, instead will figure it out by asking you pertinent questions.
A contractor surveying the property that needs to be painted
Can your painting contractor perform associated tasks?
While painting contractors concentrate on painting, some perform associated tasks such as plaster repairs, trim and molding, and wallpapering. This can save you a lot of money as you will not have to hire other services to perform these tasks.
Painter painting the window sill
Defining the painting contractor's job?
Most painting contractors will gladly take up any kind of work, from painting just window trims to a full-house. However, for the sake of accurate estimate, let us assume that they will take up the complete interior of the house. Here are some questions that you will need to ask your contractor in order to hire the right man for the job!
Ask about the coverage of all the surfaces that will not be painted. This will save you paying extra for scraping off and cleaning surfaces once the painting is done. This includes surfaces like the kitchen counters, cabinets, floors, furniture etc.
Will the painting contractor cover areas to prevent spills and paint drips?
Your painting contractor will perform surface preparation before he starts to paint. This will mean sanding and scraping off the loose paint, removing protruding nails, and application of a protective cloth in some areas. Better painting contractors will also remove or cover electrical plates, lights, and doors as well as move furniture to access areas to be painted.
Painter prepares the surface for the paint job
Furniture has been moved to reach all areas
Your estimate should also include priming of new wall or the existing wall. The painting contractor should use at least two coats of paint on interior wall, including the ceiling. Painting also entails finishing touches to the trims and molding such as window trim, ceiling moldings etc. followed by a final touch up for a uniform look while covering any missed spots. After this the final clean up is done.
These are basic tips for hiring a painting contractor that will let you estimate the cost of painting your home and hire the right man to suit your requirements.