If you’re like most homeowners, most likely, there is at least one room in your house that needs to be painted. But like many people, you’re probably too busy to paint your house, or you may lack the training and tools to do a professional-looking job.
Perhaps you’ve recently hired a painting contractor, and your project will be starting soon. If so, you’ll need to be available during the process to be sure your painter is doing the job right.
Here are a few basic guidelines on how you can tell if your painting contractor is doing a good job, along with some hiring guidelines and considerations.
Important Check Points
• Wall prep, which is short for “wall preparation”, is just as important as the actual painting job. To be sure that a wall has been correctly prepared for paint to be applied, you’ll have to thoroughly inspect your walls. Even if a room is lit well, you’ll still need to feel for any imperfections by running your hand on the walls.
• Trim work—When inspecting trims, check for smoothness. Again, don’t just depend on what you see, but use your hands to determine if a trim feels exceptionally smooth when touched. Include all trim work, such as on window frames, door frames and doors.
• Plaster work is another major item that needs examination. If you see or feel any bumps on paint, your painter needs to sand the spot and then repaint it.
• Paint coverage needs to be checked to make sure that it’s thick enough so that the old surface colour underneath the new paint is totally hidden.
• Keep in mind that a newly painted wall can look fine when viewed at a distance. That’s why you should stand about a meter from a freshly painted wall when examining it. If you can still see any of the original colour, your painter should apply another coat to completely cover what’s underneath.
• A good finish should be smooth, without any streaks. Although it can harder to obtain a smooth finish when using darker colours, a highly trained and experienced professional painter shouldn’t have any difficulty doing this.
• Inspect paint work on ceilings. Your ceilings should not have any roller marks. Of course, this is provided there were no any previous bumps on it.
• Look for possible drips and paint splatters, as well as for wobbly lines. If you find any, have your contractor immediately fix these imperfections.
Tips for Hiring a Painting Contractor
• Obtain written estimates from three or more painting contractors. If there’s a wide variation in the estimates, ask the contractor with the cheapest bid exactly what he’s going to provide to ensure he is not planning to cut any corners.
• Pay attention to how contractors behave. For example, note if they promptly return your phone calls and if they show up on time for interviews.
• Be suspicious if a contractor doesn’t seem that busy or appears too desperate to get your business. This can be a clue that he or she doesn’t have a good reputation or lacks experience.
• Insist on a written warranty. • Ensure that any painter you’re considering hiring is able to meet with you at each phase of a job to review the progress. Considerations and Warnings
• Ask that a contract includes specific costs for additional, unexpected coats of paint, such as a third or fourth coat. An extra coat, that is not included in a contract, can usually be expensive.
• Don’t wait to select your shades and sheen finishes after you’ve already given a contractor a deposit or have signed a contract. Colours should be chosen before signing a contract or giving a deposit.
• If your painter fails to thoroughly clean up after a job, it’s time to hire another contractor for your next painting project.
Painting your house doesn’t have to be a hassle or stressful when you use the right contractor. Hiring the best contractor to build a home is even more important. If you’re thinking about building a home, call the building professionals at AMG Constructions. We build homes and commercial buildings, besides do renovations and extensions. Please contact us.