How can you choose the right painter for your home?

When you choose to paint your home, you make an investment in your home. That’s why you don’t want just anyone painting your home. You want the best possible person you can find.

But maybe you feel a little overwhelmed by the prospect of finding that person. We get it. The number of painters out there can be a little intimidating. Also, choosing the wrong painter carries the possibility of sloppy painting and unnecessary costs.

How can you choose the right painter for your home? 

You already know what you’re looking for: someone you can trust to do a great job. But how do you find that person? What steps should you take to find them? We suggest you do the following five things.

Step 1: Get references and reviews

Begin by asking friends and family who have recently hired a painter. Many painters rely on word-of-mouth advertising. Look for recommendations from people you know and trust, then contact those businesses and ask them to give you an estimate.

Next, research your potential candidates online. See who has positive reviews. Also, don’t immediately fret over negative reviews. Even great businesses occasionally have negative reviews. Instead, look to see if the painter has taken the time to address customer complaints. This demonstrates that the painter cares about their business’s reputation.

Step 2: Interview the candidates

You’re making a hire, so interview your potential employees! Plan to meet the painter in person when they come to give an estimate. Walk around the house with them and listen carefully as they explain the work that needs to be done. Then, ask them the following questions:

  • How long have you been a painting contractor?
  • Do you have the contact information for previous clients who I can call for a reference?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • Do you belong to any professional organizations?
  • What sort of guarantee do you offer on your work?
  • How will you prepare the surfaces for painting?
  • What type of paint do you plan to use?
  • How many coats of paint do you suggest?
  • Will I be expected to provide the paint, or will you get it?
  • Will you clean up the worksite, or will I need to hire someone else to do it?

Questions like these help you evaluate the painter’s knowledge. Also, their answers help you choose between your options.

Step 3: Get a detailed estimate

Ask the painter for an estimate with details like paint, materials, labor, and other expenses listed individually. This gives you an accurate picture of how much the painter charges for each item. You will need this information when you reach the next step.

Step 4: Compare your options

If you plan a large paint job, then get estimates from multiple painters. This is your home, and you’re making a significant investment in it. Don’t be afraid to get multiple options! Reputable businesses trust the quality of their work. They won’t mind the opportunity to prove their worth to you.

Evaluate each company by weighing the work to be performed with the cost quoted. If one estimate seems higher than the others, ask questions to figure out why. The painter might have some great reasons for a higher bid: using higher-quality paints, performing more thorough prep-work, or even because their skill level and reputation are better.

In the end, you want to avoid basing your decision exclusively on price. Some painters lower the cost by skimping on paint quality. In the worst-case scenario, the lower cost may come from cutting corners. You might save money now, but end up having to pay a lot more later in repairs.

Step 5: If needed, adjust the job to fit your budget

If the cost of painting your home gives you sticker shock, work with your painter to come up with some different options. However, if a business has a good reputation, then the estimate is a good one. You can ask for a lower price point, but realize that the discount might mean lower-quality paint or skipping preparation steps. Either of those could negatively affect the longevity of the paint.

One other option: work with your painter to see if the project can be broken into stages. This helps homeowners on a budget pay for the work to be completed.

Step 6: Make a decision

Five easy steps for finding a painter: check out references and reviews, interview the candidates, get detailed estimates, compare your options, then adjust the job as needed to fit your budget.

These five steps give you a much better chance at finding a great painter. The final step: hire the best candidate for the job, and get your home painted!

If you live in our area, we would love to meet with you and give you an estimate. Our business believes in providing transparent, top-notch customer service to each and every homeowner. If we can help you out, give us a call today!

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