Tips for Hiring a Painter

As a homeowner, you will probably encounter a time when you need to paint your home. The outside of your home is exposed to weather and sprinklers. Like most homeowners, you probably want to hire a contractor to prepare and paint the exterior of your home. These are tips to help you find a reputable house painter.

Search for Local Contractors

Your first step should be to search for local contractors. For example, you may search, “house painters near me,” to find local professionals, or you may ask for recommendations from your friends, family members, neighbors, coworkers, realtors and other real estate professionals. Local building contractors may also be great resources for recommendations.

Then, review the websites of each of your painting contractors. Find online reviews, and look for outstanding complaints. Check with the Better Business Bureau and your local chamber of commerce to ensure these companies are in good standing.

Share Your Needs

Your next step should be contacting your prospects. During this conversation, you should state what you need exactly. For example, does your siding need scraped or repaired? When do you need the job completed? What type and color of paint do you want to be applied? Expose any flaws in your siding and share whether you want them fixed.

Ask About Their Experience

You want a licensed, insured business with years of experience in the local area. You should also expect that everyone who works on your home also has experience. Find out if the company is a member of a local trade or business group. You can also review your state’s contractor’s license reference site to verify the company’s license. Ask for and verify their references. Then, discuss warranties or guarantees.

Gather Bids

Your final step should be gathering estimates on your project. Don’t choose a painter based on price alone. Consider experience, cost, reputation, references and how you felt when you spoke with the company.

If you do your research, you will feel more comfortable in your choice of painting contractor.

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