How to hire a painter:
Painting your house can be one of the best ways to turn your house into a home. Painting gives your home the curb appeal, protection, and personality that it deserves. You or your significant other may not have the skills, time, or tools to make that transformation you are wanting. Hiring a painter is a great way to solve your painting problems.
Here are some great tips for you, when you are talking about or are serious in finding someone to paint your home.
1.Make a plan
2.Decide if hiring a painter is right for you
3.Research painters in your area
4.Call painters and get estimates
5.Get the project started with the contract
6.Enjoy your home
Make a plan:
Making a plan is a very important step in any project. It makes sure you know exactly what you want to paint and what your expectations are. This step will help you determine if you need to hire a painter and makes it much easier for you to communicate your expectations to any paint contractor.
Determine what your goals and visions are for what you are wanting to get done. Write them down so you can see them. Use your list to determine your next steps and to be able to communicate these important aspects to any potential contractors.
Here are some questions you can ask to get your plan going:
Why am I painting?
What areas do I want to get painted?
Is anything in the way or will things need to be moved?
Do I want to paint the walls, ceilings, and/or trim?
Do I want to paint siding, windows, trim, shutters, and/or doors?
Are there any cracks or imperfections I want to have taken care of?
What color do I want? What sheen do I want on the surfaces?
What grade of paint do I want to use?
What kind of investment am I willing to make to have these projects done?
It is okay if you don’t know the answers to these questions or need help with them. Any good painter should be able to help you answer these questions. The more you can answer and understand exactly what your wants and needs are, the better-informed decisions you can make moving forward.
Decide if hiring a painter is right for you:
You may be tempted to paint the interior or exterior of your home yourself. This option usually costs more time and money, if you don’t have the skills, tools, or experience for the task you want to have completed. I know safety is very important to you. Please make sure you are comfortable using and are aware of all ladder safety, before you attempt to complete projects that require the use of any ladders.
Hiring a good professional painter is well worth the money you spend. You can get the outcome you want, usually in a much quicker time frame then doing it yourself. The work is guaranteed and/or warrantied. The projects typically last longer and are better quality, when done by a professional. If these aspects are important to you, you may want to look into hiring a painter.
If you are sure you have what it takes to get exactly what you are looking for, doing it yourself can be a great way to transform your home. Just use your plan and you are well on your way to completing the vision for you home.
Research painters in your area:
Once you have decided to hire a painter, now it is time to find the right one. You can start with any of your friends or family members that have had any painting done recently. Make sure that you ask them how their experience was, did they get the result that they wanted, was the company easy to work with, and any other questions that are important to you. If you like what you hear, get the contractors name, company name, and phone number.
If you don’t know anyone who has had any recent work done or to get more options, you can use the internet. You can use google to search painters in your area, use Facebook, Houzz, or any other search or social media options to find painters near you. You can also call any local paint supply stores and ask for reputable painters.
Once you have gathered a list of painters, do your research. Google the company. Look through the reviews. If you used Facebook or any other platform that also has reviews, look through those reviews as well. Make sure the reviews are good and that they are current.
Look over the company’s website. Make sure you can see pictures of some of their work. Make sure they do the type of work that you are wanting to have done. Gather as much information as you can to make an informed decision. Narrow down your list to a few that you feel comfortable with and feel that can give you the result that you want. If you feel that they cannot provide you with what you want, trust your gut and don’t move forward with them. If you feel you have gathered enough information to move forward, its time to call them.
Calling the painters and getting estimates:
Once you have narrowed down your list of painters, it is time to call them. During this part of the process it is important to make sure they are a good fit your you and your project. While talking to them make sure it is known what is important to you about this project. This is where having a detailed plan of what you want and need is important. Ask for references. Call the references. You want to make sure that the painters you talk to can provide you with the right service. Again, if you feel that they can not provide you with what you want, trust your gut and don’t move forward with them.
Some companies may be able to give you an idea of cost over the phone and some may need to come out and look at your home. Whether it is over the phone or in-home, give them as much detailed information as you can, so that the estimate you are given is as accurate as possible. Ask to get as detailed of an estimate as possible, so you can make sure that you are getting all the things that are important to you.
Keep in mind the estimates will vary from company to company. Depending on your scope of work and wants, the prices can be higher than expected. If that is the case, you may need to dial back the scope of work. Do not sacrifice the vision you have for your home or the quality, for cheaper materials or labor. It can cost you more in the long run.
When it comes to price, compare apples to apples. Make sure you don’t only look at the price. Look at what each contractor is offering. What value does one company have that the other company doesn’t. Make sure that you are getting everything that you want and need out of the process.
Getting your project started with a contract:
Once you have found the right painter for your project, it is time to get it started. No matter how big or small the project is, GET IT IN WRITING. Make sure that everything that is important to you and your project is included. Overall price, deposit, payment schedule, scope of work, start date, completion date, warranties, guaranties, expectations, etc... If having your home left in a clean manner every day is important to you, it should be in there.
If you make changes during the project or unforeseen issues arise, there will likely be change orders. Change orders are extensions of the contract and will typically cause changes in budget and timeline. Make sure expectations for any changes are made before the start or continuation of any changes.
If you have done your research and found the right company you shouldn’t have any issue, but if problems arise, hold the company accountable to the contract. If they have not done what the have said, do not pay them until they have completed the tasks to be paid for or resolved the problem.
Likewise, be accountable for your part of the contract as well. If things are required of you, it is your responsibility to complete them. If they are expecting a payment or needed information, please have them in a timely manner.
ENJOY YOUR HOME!