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House Painting: What to Know Before Hiring a Contracted Painter

Sep 15, 2008
When your home's exterior begins looking a little drab and you know that it is time for a new painting, it is usually a good idea to do some research before picking someone to complete the project. Familiarizing yourself with the process of painting your home can help a great deal in knowing what questions to ask prospective painters.

You can ask neighbors and anyone you know that have had their house painting completed by a contracted painter how much their projects cost to get an idea for how much yours should cost. You should probably only ask people you know and are comfortable with because some may take offense to this question. It should also be kept in mind that painters usually charge in relation to home size so you can get a more accurate idea of the price tag by asking people whose homes are similar in size to yours.

You could also do some research on the prep work involved in a house painting so that you can ask your contracted painter what type of prep work and procedures they will be doing on your home. You can ask if they are planning on pressure washing your home and also how they will be removing loose paint. It can also be beneficial to ask friends what type of prep work was involved in their house painting to better inform yourself of the procedures involved. There are usually a good deal these prepping procedures so your painter should go over them with you.

A third area that you should familiarize yourself with is how long it usually takes to complete a house painting. You can ask a painter for references from their previous painting projects and then contact those references to ask how long it took the painter to complete their painting projects. It is also a good idea to make sure that an estimated timeline is included in your contracted once you have decided upon a painter to be sure that they don't take advantage of you and your money.

If there are any procedures or terms that your contracted painter brings up that you are unfamiliar with, don't be afraid to ask them to expand and explain what they mean. It is never a good idea to enter a contract where you are unfamiliar with the terms of that contract. Verifying meanings can help safeguard you and your home and will help ensure that the project will be completed to how you have envisioned.

Many people's homes are one of the largest investments they make in their lifetime. With this being said, you probably want to safeguard that investment to the best of your abilities. One way to do this is to fully research the processes and terms involved in a house painting when it is time to have the projected completed. This is beneficial because you will then be able to fully discuss the procedures that potential painters would be using on your home and then make the best decision for you are your home.
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