Not everyone has the time, energy, or skills required to tackle home renovations projects, which is why contractors exist to fill that gap. If you’re looking to update your home with fresh paint, but would like to have a professional do the job for you, then there are a number of factors to keep in mind as you look for the right contractor. The goal is that the job is done professionally, in a timely manner, and safely.
Know What You’re Dealing With
Before you set out to paint, it’s very important you know what is currently on the walls. In the United States, there are a large number of homes that currently have lead-based paint on their walls. If this is true of your home, then you’re going to want to make sure you hire a contractor that has professional training through the Repair, Renovation, and Painting Program (RRP). This ensures they will deal with the lead paint in a safe and proper manner.
Word of mouth is a wonderful way to find contractors, including painters. If you have friends, family, or co-workers who have hired a painter in the past, ask about their experience. Would they recommend the painter, were they happy with the work, was the pricing reasonable, and ask to see pictures or visit the house in person. Of course, you don’t want to hire someone strictly on word of mouth, you will still want to meet with the painter yourself.
Interview Perspective Contractors
It’s never a good idea to go with the first name you are given, instead find a couple of possibilities and then conduct interviews. In these interviews there are a few points you’ll want to touch on.
- Ask about licensing. You want to be sure you are going with a painter that is fully licensed and insured so that if anything happens, you know that you are covered.
- Ask about pricing. The last thing you want to do is be surprised with the price at the end of the job. The painter should be able to provide you with a guaranteed quote that doesn’t change.
- Ask about referrals. This is actually a really important topic to cover. You want to make sure that the contractor has clients who were happy with their work and would gladly refer their services. Make sure to follow up with the referrals given to you so you can speak to them in person.
- Try to get a sense of how knowledgeable the painter is. You want to hire someone who can give advice, knows that technique will work best, and can even help you with color selection if you choose.
- The painter should also be able to give you a firm start and completion date. You want to be assured this job won’t take longer than absolutely necessary.
Set the Project Up for Success
Simply hiring a professional painter to look after the projects in your home isn’t enough to ensure success. You want to be sure you do enough on your part when it comes to the hiring process so you know you’ve chosen the most qualified person.