If you have a big project, finding a great exterior painting contractor in your area can be hard. However, even for the best DIYer, getting in some professional to take care of your paint job is the best way to go.
On the other hand, if you’ve been thinking about painting your house and given up trying because you simply don’t have the time, then now may be the time to consider hiring an exterior painting contractor. And sure, if you like to do things on your own, then this may be a hard call to make, but if you abide by the following steps, getting an exterior painting contractor may just be well worth the investment.
Here’s how to find the best exterior painting contractor in your area.
Finding a Reliable Contractor Takes a Bit of Time
The first question is where to go to get an exterior painting contractor. Finding one online nowadays can be easy, but how do you really know what you’re getting? Always check out their reviews. This will give a good idea of the type of service you may be getting. Always keep in mind, however, that a private consultation and face-to-face meeting will be the best way for you to discuss your options. Moreover, this will give you a chance to figure out which contractor will work best for your particular exterior painting project. You may try going to any local hardware or paint store and see if they have on-site contractors. If they don’t have an on-site exterior painting contractor, then chances are they will know where you can find one (or more) in your area. Contractors are often also heavily referred, so if you have any friends in your area who had someone paint their house and did a great job, don’t be afraid to ask. They may even give you a referral discount. If all else fails, you can always consult the yellow pages or find exterior painting contractors with online listings in your area.
Be Ready To Negotiate and Ask Questions
Once you find an exterior painting contractor that you are happy with, you can then negotiate a price. Usually, an exterior painting contractor will give you a price quote depending on the dimensions of the exterior they are painting alongside a few other factors. These include, for example, the accessibility of the area that requires painting as well as the amount of prep that will be required.
Of course, you will want to be sure that you are given a contract specifying the details of the project in full. Make sure that the price quote you were originally given is listed on the contract and as is the case with any contract, it goes without saying that you should read over the fine print before signing anything.
Be sure to ask about the overall process. What will the process entail? Is it just painting? Is there priming, lacquering, and scraping involved? Will they have to remove any existing paint? Will additional paintwork or maintenance be required? These are all important questions to ask. It is also a good idea to try to get a time frame in writing.
Check for a Warranty
One very important thing to look out for when dealing with an exterior painting contractor is the warranty. You want to make sure that you are given a warranty of some sort. Seeing as most houses need to be repainted on average every five to six years, you will want a warranty that lasts at least three years. This will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your contractor will do the best job they can, or else they are going to have to return to make fixes. In either case, it’s their problem, not yours. If they offer a warranty, but it is not included in the original quote, you may want to look elsewhere, or at least get a price comparison from a competitor exterior painting contractor.
Hopefully, you found some useful information on how to go about hiring an exterior painting contractor. Of course, you can always try to take on a project yourself, but there is no guarantee that the results will live up to your standards. If it is a large-scale project, go with the exterior contractor.