Part 2. The 5 Biggest Mistakes Homeowners Make When Hiring a House Painter

Mistake #2

Hiring a painter without checking into the quality of their work and products.

Some painting contractors will cut corners and sacrifice quality to save time and money, leaving your home with a patchy looking paint job, or one that will not last for longer than a year. Some house painters have even been trained by construction/commercial companies that reward fast work, at the expense of quality and long-lasting results.

Hiring those kinds of painters may get the job done fast – but not right.  If they ‘cut corners,’ you’ll end up with a sub-par job that may crack or peel. At the very least you’ll need to repaint again years earlier than necessary, costing you way more than having the job done right the first time.  More than a few times, we have had clients call us to come ‘fix’ these things.

Don’t live with the regret and extra expense of shoddy work.

Solution #2

Ask them what their quality standards are. Quality means different things to different people. You want to make sure that they meet the following guidelines and ask what sort of a guarantee they offer. Be sure the estimate they give you lists in detail exactly what they will do for you.

Asking these questions ahead of time will go a long way to ensure you get a quality paint job:

  • Preparation – To insure optimal longevity of your paint job, the preparation work the contractor does before they paint is very important.

-Do they remove all loose paint and restore deteriorated wood?

-If there is lead-based paint on your home, does the company follow the proper laws for

removing it (to protect your health and the health of others)?

-Do they restore aging surfaces and make sure to caulk and seal all needed areas (such as

windows, door jams, corner boards, holes, etc)?

  • Product – What kind of paint are they using? Does it have a warranty?

-For exteriors, do they use a product that is a paint and primer all in one, which assures

that all surfaces get primed and have proper adhesion for years to come?

  • Application – How do they apply their paint?

-If they use a sprayer, do they make sure that they roll or brush during application (if the

surface is rough or porous)?

-Are they detail oriented? Do they make sure your home looks good no matter how close

you look at it (not just from the curb or the door)?

  • Cleanliness – Do they keep the job site clean? Make sure that they will cover all areas they will be painting around including concrete, doors, windows, furniture, etc. and clean up their materials when the day is finished.

 

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