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How to Choose a House Painter

Few things can be more refreshing than a home with a nice new layer of paint. A paint job can actually transform your home in an instant! Of course, if you want the best results, you shouldn’t hesitate hiring a professional. Painting may seem all so simple, but you may be surprised. If your home was built before 1978, it may be covered in lead-based paint, and that is something an expert can fix.

If you’re all set to hire a professional house painter, here are tips to help you:

Written Quote

Ask your potential painter to give you a quote on the paint job you want. Obviously, he has to visit your home while you walk him through your expectations. Be very specific about colors and show paint samples if you have any. If you’re not sure, ask for the painter’s professional opinion.

License and Insurance

As soon as you’ve found a few prospects, ask each if they are licensed (if required by the state where you live in) and insured. A license is no guarantee of a great job, but you do have a better chance of getting one with it. Of course, insurance frees you from liability, in case somebody hurts themselves on the job.

Past Projects and Client References

When you research painters on the Internet, you may find several pictures of projects they’ve completed. Don’t trust these images completely however. Instead, ask your prospect to personally show you at least two projects similar to yours, which are three years old or older. You want to know how the materials and colors they used stood up over time.

Checking references is an essential part on finding a good house painter. You’ll want to know how competent and professional your prospect is based on the experiences of his past clients. If a painter doesn’t want to provide references, that’s a sure sign you have to look elsewhere. Don’t forget to check out online reviews too, especially if the painter was not personally recommended to you.


Your contract with the house painter needs to be very specific. All the crucial information must be there, such as when the work will start, the estimated completion time, the materials to be used and their individual costs and the payment schedule. There should also be a mention of the paint manufacturer’s name,the paint’s grade, gloss, base, etc., which surfaces will be painted on and how many coats. The application of a primer must be specified in the contract too. Lastly, the document should state that cleaning up will be the responsibility of the painter.

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