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Finding a House Painting Contractor

Some home improvement projects require a professional, if only to make sure that results will be satisfying. When hiring a painting contractor, you should look into a few essential issues. After all, not all of them are the same.

Finding Prospects

Compared to national franchises, local contractors are often the better choice as they are likely to be more concerned about the quality of their work. One dissatisfied customer can cause considerable damage to their reputation in the community! Though paint contractors usually focus on painting, some accept associated projects like wallpapering, plaster repairs, etc.

Note that there is one potentially challenging part of hiring a painting contractor: getting them to show up. This is typically due to very tight schedules, but professionalism is professionalism. Very importantly, insist on getting a detailed written estimate of your costs and timeline before you start.

Of course, you’ll want to know as much as you can about local painters you might hire, and the Internet is usually your biggest resource for this. But when you’re not happy with what you get online, try asking your neighbors for recommendations. As well, contractors may put signs on the front yards of homes that they’re presently working in, or sometimes, you’ll just see a parked white panel van. In any case, do talk to your neighbor and ask them how they find the contractor’s services.

You can also check local magazines that feature recent home renovations. You will probably find names and contact details of the people behind these projects, but be warned – they are often pricey to hire.

Talking to the House Painter

One thing about talking to painting contractors is that you need not know any jargon, as opposed to speaking to an electrician or plumber. Make sure you ask for the important details, such as how much the paint will cost, what type or types of paint will be used, how many coats, and whether they will cover the areas that are not supposed to be painted.

And don’t forget to inquire whether or not you have to vacate the house while they work.

Calculating Your Total Costs

Some painting contractors make use of particular formulas when computing a project’s total cost. They may, for example, combine wall and ceiling square footage, and trim linear footage. They will look into preparation time as well, plus primer and paint “hard costs.”

They might also base their estimate on jobs they’ve done previously. Although this estimate is not very specific, it is usually a good figure to start with. To determine whether this is a good estimate, ask other contractors to provide quotes, and make comparisons.
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