Hiring A Professional Painter - Worth Every Penny

Posted on: 6 August 2015

Painting is an easy and fairly inexpensive way to add value to your home. Paint can brighten it up and make everything look newer. But for the majority of people, painting is just a big pain in the butt.

You have to tape off the trim and the ceiling, and you have to put down plastic to save your floors. You have to choose a color and then figure out what type of paint is best. Then the supplies—rollers, brushes, paint trays, stirring sticks—and you will always run out of something right in the middle of the job. And if you are painting the exterior of your home,  that is just an even bigger headache.

So if your house needs a new coat of paint but you are dreading the task, check into professional painters (such as as JV Painting & Decorating). It might be more economical than you think.

Get Referrals

Check with your family, friends, and even your local Facebook groups to find professional painters that come highly recommended. If you have a local building association, they usually recommend general contractors that do painting work or who subcontract painters.

Get Quotes

You should contact at least two, preferably three, painters to get quotes on your project. If they are all around the same price, go with the contractor you meshed with the best. If the quotes vary widely, you will want to figure out why—some prices might include priming in addition to painting. Some painters will include the cost of paint in the contracted price while others will expect you to provide it. Other details to look at: the type and amount of surface preparation, priming and type of primer, the brand of paint, how many coats of paint, and how many gallons of paint will be provided (make sure you get the leftovers in case touch-ups are needed down the road!).

Check for Insurance and Bonding

The painter that you hire should have general liability insurance, if case damage is done to your house in the painting process. This way you won't have to pay for repairs. In addition, your painter should also carry insurance on themselves and their workers, so that if they are injured on the job, you are not liable. A good saying is "Trust, but verify." If the painter tells you they have insurance, that is good, but it is better to get copies of their insurance certificates

Painting, even when hiring a professional, is an inexpensive way to liven up your home. But always follow these three rules before hiring someone, or your inexpensive painting job could turn into a costly nightmare.