Unless you are one of those “Do It Yourself” types, aka “crazy”, then painting your house is a maintenance project that most homeowners will have to tackle at some point, either to prepare their home for sale, moving in, or as part of a remodel.
Having decided to forgo “crazy” and hire a painter, some homeowners still tend to get nervous around painters. “What if they spatter the new carpeting or break my Ming vase collection”? What if the colors selected don’t work out?
Take a deep breath. You’ve hired a professional. Here’s how to help us do our best job.
Think of painting as not just a skill, but also an art. Yes, it’s true that your bathroom wall will never be one of the world’s masterpieces, no matter how skilled a painter we are, but that does not mean preparation and skill are not needed.
“Painting is something that’s more subjective than objective,” says Mark Danis, “A good paint job involves some artistry—besides product knowledge and good prep work, you’ve got to get a guy who seriously knows what he’s doing.” Once you’ve found that, trust means letting the painters do their job.
- PREP- PAINTER-Prep can take a long time-According to Mark, at least 30% of a good-quality paint job will be prep time. “That’s where less-qualified painters lower their bids. That’s where problems come with paint getting on things it shouldn’t be.” The differences between a rushed paint job and one done properly are enormous.
- PREP-HOMEOWNER’S JOB-Make sure your home is ready to paint, things will go much smoother if you make sure your home is truly painter-ready. This can save you time and money.
INTERIORS-Clean! Make sure you’ve cleaned all the hard to reach spots. Move and pack breakables!
EXTERIORS-We recommend trimming bushes and shrubs away from the house, leaving at least 18 inches of clearance. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in “tiptop condition” can also speed up the painting process, he says.
- TOUCH UP-After the paint job is finished, there is a walk-through and a “punch list” created. That doesn’t mean endless touch-ups, especially if it’s not a result of poor workmanship or a move in is done after paint job is completed.
- COMPARING THE COMPETIONS-The importance of hiring a painter who is reputable and will provide a detailed bid before cannot be over emphasized.
Check past work and references, check online presence and profiles for reviews.
Look at the material costs. You don’t need to go with the painter who buys the most expensive materials, but don’t go with the cheapest, either. Since painting is an art, materials are its medium—and cheap paint shows.
People sometimes confuse price with value. If you must repaint your house twice as often than you would with a good job, that’s not really a great value.