On average, exterior paint on a home will last between 5 to 10 years. While there are various factors that can affect how long your home’s exterior paint will last, one thing’s for sure: you’ll need to get a fresh coat of paint at some point! When that time comes, hiring a painter is a must. Not only can a professional do a better job, but they can do it quicker as well! Don’t know where to start? Then keep reading. In this article, we’ll give you a brief guide for hiring a residential painter!
Look for Licenses and Insurance
Not all states require painters to be licensed, but it’s better if you go with one that is. That means they’ve been through rigorous testing to get that license!
And if anything happens while the contractor’s painting a home, you don’t want to be footing the bill. So whoever you hire, make sure they have a certificate of insurance!
Not only that, but if you’re working with painting companies, you’ll also want to check for active workers’ compensation insurance.
Check Their Portfolio or Get References
There’s no better way to tell if a painter is good at their job than to check their previous work. But don’t let them show you work on their most recent customers; it’s almost guaranteed that those houses will look amazing since the work is recent.
Instead, you’ll want to look at houses that were painted at least a few years ago. When looking at these houses, check for any peeling and flaking. If possible, ask the homeowners about any problems they might’ve had with the paint, especially in regards to weathering.
Before settling on a painter, request several quotes first. This allows you to compare prices and services, as well as sniff out any contractors that have shady business practices. You may visit texashomeimprovement.com to inquire about their coolwall/texcote product and ask for a quotation on how much it is when you hire them as your paint contractor.
Generally, you’ll want to steer clear of outliers. Ultra-cheap painters will usually provide subpar work and/or add extra hidden fees at the end. And expensive painters are just charging too much for what they do.
Always Get a Contract
Any reputable painter will be more than happy to provide you with a contract. If they don’t, that’s a huge red flag.
Not only does a contract lock in prices for you, but it also allows you to check that the contractor is following what was promised, in terms of processes and materials, such as quality exterior paint. It also lets you set up a payment schedule if you’re not able to pay off the full amount in one go.
Have a Better Time Hiring a Painter
When hiring a painter, keep all of the above tips in mind. By putting some extra time and thought into the hiring process, you’ll be able to get a professional that’ll make your house look pristine!
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.