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Choosing a Professional House Painter If you’re looking for a painting contractor to repaint your home’s exterior, there’s much to be considered. After all, not all of these pros are the same, and you have to know how to assess them so you can end up with the right one Start with at least two or three prospects. Give these contractors a call and have them visit you in your home. You need to be there so you can see how long it took them to check things out. Usually, longer is better.
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Lay down your expectations.
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The number of coats to be applied by the painter is hardly the only factor involved in terms of the project’s quality and price. Preparation also has a big role to play. If you’re going for total smoothness and evenness of the surface, with zero traces of earlier paint jobs, tell the contractors but be prepared for additional charges. Get a written estimate from each of your prospects. This should include details of everything, from labor to number of coats of paint and primer to paint brands and all else that will affect the results. Talk to references and check previous work. If you get good feedback about the contractors, that’s clearly a positive sign. Don’t just leave it all to words though. Ask them if they would allow you to come and take a look at the contractors’ work. The older the projects, the better – you want to see how they’re holding up. Consider the credentials of your prospects. While membership in an industry association or local business group doesn’t guarantee good work, it shows that the contractor is committed and reliable. Also take time to check if they have the necessary licenses (visit your state’s Contactor’s License Reference website) and whether they have a history of unresolved complaints with the Better Business Bureau or with your attorney-general’s office. Have a written contract and make sure it’s complete. A complete contract is one that has the contractor’s business details, such as name, office address and phone numbers (cellphone and landline) and license number, plus everything in the written estimate. Most importantly, the document should clearly state what is and what is not part of the job, including the start and end dates. Full payment should be withheld until you are totally happy with the outcome. A 10-15% deposit may be required. Make it a point to get a copy of the pro’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. Without a doubt, an uninsured contractor is way too dangerous. Demand a guarantee. You should get a guarantee for chipping, excessive fading, peeling or any other quality issues within a period of two years after completion of the project. Finally, remember that labor warranty and paint warranty are not the same.

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