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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 give your home an instant but dramatic facelift. Certainly, if you want the best results, you should hire a professional to do it. Painting may look like a simple job, but it’s not. If your home was constructed earlier than 1978, it’s likely covered in lead-based paint, which an expert can take care of.

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

Written Quote

Ask your prospective painter for an estimate of the paint job you need. 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 need help choosing, ask the painter.

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 keeps you from being liable when someone injures themselves on the job.

Past Projects and Client References

When researching painters online, you’ll probably find a lot of pictures of paint jobs they’ve done before. Don’t trust these images completely however. Ask the painter instead to bring you to at least two projects (must be similar to yours) they’ve done no later than three years ago. You need to see how the materials and colors survived the elements over the time.

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Checking references is important if you’re looking for 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 pertinent information should be included, including the project’s start and end dates, materials to be used and a cost breakdown, and the schedule of payments. The paint manufacturer’s name, the paint color, gloss, grade, etc.must also be included, along with the surfaces to be painted and the number of coats to be applied. The contract will have to specify the application of a primer too. Finally, the document should state that the painter is responsible for cleaning up after the job is done.

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