5 Factors to Consider When Hiring a Professional Painter for Your Home

Most homeowners are perfectly capable of wielding a paint brush or roller in order to update the look of their property, inside or out. You might not know all of the tricks painters use (like folding in the corners first, for example), but you can get all of the same tools from your local hardware or paint store to make slapping a couple coats of fresh color on the wall easier. The more difficult proposition for the average homeowner, however, is the time and effort involved in painting a house. Most of us just don’t have the time or the inclination to take on projects like painting the exterior of a home, updating the walls inside, or overhauling existing cabinetry. In this case, hiring a professional painter may be well worth the added expense. However, there are a few things you’ll want to consider before you go for the pro.

  1. Size and scope of work. If all you want to do is put up some new color in one or two rooms in your house, it’s probably not worth it to hire a professional painter. Unless you’re dealing with some kind of physical limitation that makes it impossible for you to complete such a job, you could easily paint the average bedroom or living room in a day. And you could always get some family or friends to help out in exchange for food (and the promise of reciprocation), in most cases. You’ll want to hire a professional for projects that are of a size and scope you can’t easily manage on your own.
  2. Referrals. An important aspect of finding any home service provider is getting trusted referrals from family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and other acquaintances. These people won’t hesitate to tell you who did a great job at a fair price, as well as who you should steer clear of. In fact, you’ll likely hear more horror stories than glowing reviews. But the end result should be a list of suitable professional painters in your area to choose from.
  3. Experience. One of the things you’ll want to ask when interviewing prospective service providers is what kind of experience they have. Some painters, for example, deal primarily with house painting, which is to say external projects, while others focus on indoor jobs, such as painting rooms or revamping cabinetry. Since these various tasks require different types of knowledge and expertise, it’s best to make sure that any professional you hire is well-versed in the type of project you’re undertaking.
  4. Bids. The bottom line is important in any home improvement project, so you need to get bids from a variety of contractors before you choose the one you want to take on your home painting job. Start with a budget in mind, but be aware of the fact that you might have to be flexible, since you probably don’t know what the average cost for your project is. And don’t jump at the lowest price, either. You’ll get extremes on either end of the spectrum, but your best bet is probably to settle somewhere in the middle with a professional painter you feel is reliable and trustworthy.
  5. Contract. Any professional worth his salt is going to want a contract in place that details the work to be done and the agreed-upon payment. For your part, make sure the contract also includes milestone payments reliant on work being completed. You should never pay in full upfront for this type or work, although you can definitely expect to pay at least a percentage since the painter covers costs for materials and a crew. Whether you’re going with a reputable company like Rocky Top Painting or an independent contractor, read the fine print before your sign the contract.

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