If your home or commercial property needs a fresh paint job, your best option is to employ a professional painting contractor. He or she will have the specialized knowledge to select the right types of paint for each area as well as the equipment to reach high corners, ceilings and second stories.
How to Select a Painting Contractor
There are some things you should consider when you’re looking for a professional painting contractor for your home, office or commercial property. You should select a contractor who is licensed and insured. This will give you peace of mind that the job will be done right the first time.
Experience is the next most important thing a professional painter should have. You can ask how long the contractor has been in the business and if they have any testimonials from previous customers. If they have been in business for a number of years, they are more likely to be trustworthy and do a good job, otherwise they would have gone out of business long before. If they cannot provide testimonials from previous customers, you’d be better off finding another contractor.
You should also ask about additional services. For example, will they remove rust, spray-paint the ceiling, fire proof and leave your home or office neat and clean when they are finished? Some contractor will cover your furniture.
What to Expect?
For your home, a painting contractor will lead a team of professional painters to prepare the surfaces for painting or varnishing and apply the paint. This usually involves sanding the surface or removing old wallpaper by using a liquid cleaner and then scraping away the residue. Some contractors also repair outdoor stairs and decks before painting. You can expect the contractor to completely clean the area where they worked before they leave. In most cases, when the job is done, they will ask you to inspect the paint job to make sure it meets or exceeds your expectations.
For commercial premises, the contractor will first clean the surfaces and apply a primer. The primer protects the surface being painted, helps the new paint last longer and makes the paint stick better. When the primer is dry, they will start applying paint. It may take several coats to properly cover the areas. Commercial painting usually involves exterior metal painting, fire proofing and drywall priming and painting.
When you consider all the factors required to get a professional looking paint job, it doesn’t make sense to do-it-yourself. Time and money will be wasted as you learn on the job. A professional will be in and out of your home or office quickly, leaving it looking like new for an affordable price. You can ask about their pricing structure. Do they charge by the room, square foot or whole job?
When you compare the estimates from different painting contractors, remember to make sure their estimates are for the same work. The cheapest estimate isn’t always the best, but you don’t need to pay for extras that you don’t need.