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How to find a good painter?


1. Get more than one estimate

With each painter, make sure you receive an estimate for the same work. Prepare a list of what needs to be done, and be sure to include what paint colour and gloss level you'd like. Also, a completion date should be provided. Now once you have three qualified painters in mind, invite them to visit your home and have them provide an estimate. For each estimate received, make sure you get the details in writing./div>

2. References

A qualified painter will provide references. If they don't, ask for them. The work completed for each referral project should be similar in size and scope to yours, and some should be a few years old to see the quality of the work over time. If possible, ask to see some finished projects to verify results. Ideally, you'll want to call each referral and ask the following questions.Was the job completed on time? Were you satisfied with the results? Did the final cost match the estimate? Was the painter's work disruptive? Would you hire that painter again? When comparing estimates, ask for a breakdown of material and labor costs, so you can make a fair comparison.

3. Ask to see a certificate of insurance or license

Painting can be dangerous work, so it's important to hire an insured painter, so you're not held responsible for any injuries to the painter or crew members. Contractor licensing laws and regulations very in each state./div>

4. Written Contract

It should include details on how surfaces will be prepared prior to painting, and how your property will be protected. It should also include how surfaces will be painted, the exact paint products to be applied, a time schedule, and payment terms.

5. Avoid paying with cash

 When making payments, avoid paying cash. If this is not an option, be sure to get a receipt upon payment. Payment by check works well because the cancelled check is a good payment record, and don't pay more than 10% to 30% up front. And keep all payment records, and only make your final payment once you're completely satisfied with the quality of the work.

6. Paint Quality

Paint performance can vary, so make sure you know what products your painter intends to use. Now keep in mind-- premium paint may cost more, but it maintains its durability longer, so your home doesn't require frequent repainting. Most importantly, make sure the specified paint in the contract is actually used on the job.
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