4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Painting Contractor

October 22, 2021

Photo illustration of man in painter's apron holding roller and resting his left arm on a stack of paint bucketsWhether you’re planning to have your home’s interior or exterior repainted, it’s a good idea to choose your painting contractor in the same way that you’d go about hiring a contractor for any other type of home remodeling service. Step one is to clearly define your project. Exactly what do you want your painting contractor to do? Repaint the walls and baseboards of your living room? What about the ceiling? Should it be repainted, too? Is it time to get rid of that old “popcorn” material? Or maybe you’re having your kitchen repainted. If so, what about the cabinets? Do they need sprucing up, or will they clash with your new kitchen makeover?

Although an experienced painting contractor may provide valuable advice that helps shape your upcoming project, it’s important to go into the hiring process with a clear vision of the results you’re after. Some house painters may not have the skills needed to fully complete the job to your satisfaction. In addition to asking any painting contractors you’re thinking about hiring about their training and skills, you should also ask if they have pictures or customer referrals for jobs they have completed that are similar to yours. You’ll feel more confident about partnering with a painting pro that has a proven track record for delivering beautiful results.

Here are a few additional things to consider when hiring a painting contractor:

1.     Is the contractor bonded and insured?

Any contractor you hire should be bonded and insured for your protection.

2.     What type of estimate is provided?

Make sure you’re at home when your prospective painting contractor’s representative arrives to discuss your project and provide an estimate. Observe the amount of time that he or she spends evaluating the area to be painted. Is your estimate a quick scrawl on a piece of paper after a peek at the area to be painted? Or did the expert do a thorough walkaround, making notes about any prep work and repairs that should be completed in addition to painting? How many coats of paint will be needed? Insist on a written estimate that includes prep work, the use of high-quality paints and sealants, and other details of the work that will go into your project.

3.     Will you receive any guidance about color and paint selection?

An experienced painter can provide you with invaluable assistance when it comes to choosing colors that will flatter your home and look attractive in any type of lighting. A painting pro can also help you select the best type of exterior paint to endure the climate in your area, as well as the best interior paint for any room in your home.

4.     Are the contractor’s painting services backed by a warranty?

A workmanship warranty serves two purposes: It gives you peace of mind that your home renovation investment is protected, and it instills confidence that your painting contractor stands behind its work.

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Southern Painting is delighted to share tips with homeowners who are considering hiring a painting contractor because we go the extra mile to deliver high-quality, professional painting services at a fair price. Our local painters are highly skilled, experienced, and able to offer services like expert color consultations and custom painting techniques that make us stand out from the crowd. We also back all of our house painting services with a 3-Year Limited Labor Warranty.

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