Whether it’s a minor touch up or a full-blown interior makeover, hiring a painter is never an easy decision. Quotes, operations and materials vary from company to company, so there are dozens of factors to consider. That being said, with the right guidance and research, you’ll be thrilled with your home’s transformation. Here are our four best tips for hiring a painter.
1. Start Your Search Online
When it comes to painting, there are a number of people who could help you with your project. From one-man operations to national franchises, it’s often hard to know who you are looking for, let alone how to get in touch. We recommend starting online – you’ll save a lot of time searching a database like HomeStars instead of calling every one of your friends asking for referrals.
2. Read Reviews
Once you’ve found a few painters in your area, it’s time to read reviews. One glowing referral is great, but dozens of online reviews are even better. With sites like HomeStars making it so easy to read and submit contractor reviews, there’s no reason to not do your research before you hire.
Check out the project photos uploaded to their profiles to make sure they are experienced in the work that you need to be done. Just because your aunt had a great experience with the company when they painted her door frame doesn’t mean they can handle a whole home project.
3. Arrange Interviews
After reading reviews, it’s time to meet in person. We recommend meeting with at least two businesses, especially for larger projects. Arrange to meet at the job-site site so your potential painter can fully understand the scope of the project. Pay attention to the kind of questions they ask about the project – attention to detail is an important trait in a painter. Make note of their communication style, both leading up to your meeting and in person. Remember that you shouldn’t expect better service after they’ve closed the job, so if you aren’t happy with how you’re treated at this stage you should explore other options.
4. Get Multiple Quotes
Lastly, you’ll need to get itemized quotes from each business or painter. When you request the quote, specify exactly what you want to be included. For painting projects, this should include: descriptions of work broken down by phase and area, time spent, materials and any tasks that will be priced at a different rate. Stairs, trim and ceilings are often priced differently than basic walls, so look for these features on your quote.
You should also make sure that your quote includes the cost of prep. This includes moving furniture, stripping and sanding, covering the inside of your home and daily cleanup. Don’t forget that quotes can vary by hundreds or even thousands of dollars for big projects. Your quote will most likely be based on the cost of materials, rate of work, and the cost of prior similar jobs. To find out more about painting project pricing, check out our cost breakdown.
Now that you know what you’re looking for, it’s time to start your research. Luckily, HomeStars makes it easy for you to find the pros your neighbours are loving without the hassle. Use the banner below to get your project started today.