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Find a Quality House Painting Contractor

Aug 13, 2008
You love your house, but you aren't too happy with how it looks. While it's been a nice refuge after a long day of work, it hasn't been kept up because of your busy schedule. What was once a new, beautiful house is now a house with a shabby exterior that easily reveals the signs of its age.

So, the time has finally come for you to get the house painted with a house painting contractor. Not just the exterior, mind you, but also the interiors as well. You used to be a big fan of wallpaper, but too many humid summer days over the years as rendered that invention useless to you.

Before you just go ahead and hire a house painting contractor, the first thing that you should do is sit down and make a list of what you want painted. That's simple enough, but then you also have to take into consideration the amount of money it could potentially cost.

For this step, you need to figure out a financing plan. While house painting contractors will usually each have preferred methods of payment, you'll first need to find ways that work best for you. Most homeowners decide to take out a loan for this purpose, to be paid back at a predetermined monthly interval. However, some homeowners choose to use their credit cards. This really isn't a good idea, because not only would you then be paying on the main amount, you'd also end up getting ridiculously high finance charges added in. Some house painting contractors actually encourage home loans above anything else.

The next step is to figure out how to find a reliable house painting contractor. The first person who came to mind was your neighbor. While still in college, your neighbor completed an internship program with College Works Painting, and now has a successful business as a house painting contractor. Unfortunately for you (but quite fortunate for your neighbor!) the painting business is so successful that your neighbor is booked for the next few months.

So, it's back to the house painting contractor search for you. In the old days, the first place you would go is the phone book. While that can still be just as helpful, the Internet is really the first place to search if you live in the right area. Painters who are successful will have a business website, complete with examples. If the website looks really professional, that's a great sign, because it indicates that the business has made enough money to hire a professional website designer.

If you live in an urban area, chances are that your Internet search will definitely provide you with some good results. If you happen to live in a very small town, then the phone book might actually be a better option. Especially during the spring and summer months, you will see house painting advertisements on the front lawns of homes. Have a pen and piece of paper ready, and take down the number you see on the advertisement.

In the end, you should have compiled a list of five house painting contractors (all of whom should only give free estimates). Have each one take a look at your house, and the one who offers the lowest estimate wins - pretty simple process, isn't it?
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