Surprises can be fun when you receive unexpected gifts, but they’re generally unwelcome when you’re contracting for home painting services. Amazingly, many homeowners who would never accept a vague estimate for a different type of upgrade don’t bat an eye at being handed a single figure written on a piece of paper after a painter takes a quick peek at the area to be repainted.
Make sure you hold any painters you partner with to a higher standard. After all, any company that treats your project with so little respect before being awarded the job is unlikely to deliver the beautiful, long-lasting results you expect for your investment. At Southern Painting, we take pride in offering residential painting services that exceed the industry’s standards, and you’ll notice this right away when we prepare your painting estimate. We offer detailed, written estimates that include:
The Scope of the Work Desired
Your estimate should clearly describe the project site, including not just walls but also ceilings, trim, door frames, cabinets, and any other interior or exterior features that you want repainted.
Any Prep Work That’s Required
Whether you have an interior or exterior project in mind, there may be a few repairs needed before painting can begin. It doesn’t make sense to put fresh paint over cracked siding or damaged drywall. Even if minimal repair is needed, your estimate should include sealants, caulking, and primer that will be used before the first coats of paint are applied, as well as the power washing and scraping that are typically required for residential exteriors. Although an experienced painter will be able to size up a painting project fairly quickly, beware of any estimator who scribbles a price without taking the time to thoroughly evaluate the jobsite.
The Type of Paint to Be Used
This is an aspect of painting that homeowners frequently overlook. The use of inferior paint will translate into inferior results that will likely need touch-ups or replacement in a short time. Make sure your painting estimate specifies the use of high-quality paints from leading manufacturers.
Southern Painting offer best-in-class residential painting services in many communities throughout the Southern United States, and all of our projects start with detailed, written estimates by experienced professionals so there’s little risk of surprises. Contact us today to find out if we have local painters serving your community.