5 Must-Ask Questions Before You Hire a Painter
The renovation trend that began during the global pandemic is not easing up. Last year, spending on renovations was up by 15% across the US. But do you know the quickest and lowest cost method to get your property looking fresh?
That is with a new coat of paint. Read on as we give questions you should ask when you hire a painter.
1. What Will Your Preparation Involve?
Preparation is the most important part of the process. Without it, even expensive paints and materials will look unfinished and amateur. When hiring a painter, you need to know that they will provide quality preparation whatever the size of the job.
Make sure they inspect the area, notifying you of any repairs or fixes required. Exteriors will need washing thoroughly. Other areas need sealing, patching, and priming.
To protect the home finished surfaces must be covered. Floors, furniture, and fittings also need protection, with other areas masked to prevent paint overlap.
2. Are You Licensed and Insured?
When a contractor is licensed, they need to meet a set of basic standards that ensure they know their trade. They also have to adhere to professional standards or they may lose their license. Even if the cost of hiring a painter with a license is slightly more, it is worth it for peace of mind.
Insurance is vital. If you take on an uninsured worker who causes damage, injury or suffers one themself, then you can be liable. This means you will have to pay any damages, legal fees, or even medical bills.
3. Who Will Work on the Project?
Generally, the cost to hire a painter or company for a job will increase the more people are working on it. Yet this will also mean it gets done quicker.
Ask if company employees or contractors will be doing the job. Contractors may have less of a vested interest than those who work directly for the company. It is also easier to track their training and accountability.
4. Is a Warranty Provided?
Most painting companies will provide a warranty for their services. Make sure you check it to see what is covered. It should apply if anything goes wrong before the work or after.
5. Do You Offer a Free Quote?
Any reputable painting company will provide you with a free quote or estimate. They may be able to do this without visiting the property, and going off the area or doing a virtual estimate.
Ensure the estimate is itemized. It should include labor, time, travel, and materials. You can get details on a free quote from a reputable company here.
Hire a Painter
Now you know the questions to ask when you hire a painter, you should have peace of mind. These tips will let you find someone with experience and skill ensuring you won’t be throwing your money away.
This article is one of many to keep your property looking great. From gardening to DIY, we can help your home reach its potential in the coming year.