Interior Painting Contractor – Basics
If this is the first time you are hiring an interior painting contractor, there are basic things about the job and about conducting an effective search for a contractor you should know. There are the questions you need to ask.
Basic Search Questions
- Where can I find a paint contractor?
It is not hard to find contractors. The more difficult part of the search is finding good contractors who can fulfill all your requirements. You can call paint manufacturers first. They have access to the best painting companies. Next, talk to those who had their house recently painted.
If you come across a house that has been newly painted and you see an ad of the contractor set in front of their lawn, that house’s owner must have been very satisfied with way the job was done. Talk to the owner.
- How much is a painting job?
The government keeps records on the average expenses homeowners spend for house painting. In the latest report, the national average was put at around $2000, with most homes spending from $1000 to $3000.
This is for houses with areas ranging from 500 to 1500 sq. m. Needless to say, additional floors and ease of access significantly affect cost.
- How should I prepare my home for the painting?
Do these (although these prep requirements are parts of the job of the contractor. You can help them out as a gesture of kindness):
- All movable objects should be removed from the inside of your home.
- Cover your floors and other surfaces. Use butyl clothing for this instead of newspapers and plastic covers. These materials don’t stay in place.
- Wash your walls and vacuum the dust from the area.
- Cover your windows with paper.
- Remove electrical outlets. Put them back after painting has been completed.
- How can I evaluate contractors?
Here’s a list you can use for assessing a contractor.
- Professional manner – They treat clients with respect.
- Written estimates – No overruns or hidden charges.
- Complete estimate – They will give all details on labor and materials.
- No additional charge on repairs – Some companies don’t charge clients for minor repairs.
- Testimonials and references – They will be happy to show people they have worked for in the past.
- Professional connections – They have connections with other contractors and people belonging to other trades.
- Punctuality – They arrive on time and complete the job on schedule.
- Experience – Put above your list companies that have been operating for at least 10 years.
- Do they pre-treat mold and mildew?
- Are they able to assist in choosing the right colors?
- Crew members must be polite, well-mannered, trained and experienced.
- They don’t allow profanity or lewd music at work.
Three important things to note:
- Different types of paints are made for different purposes. Your contractor should paint children’s rooms with durable paints. In the kitchen, eggshell paints should be used. Hallways should be painted with long-lasting paints that are also easy to clean.
- Your contractor should use the back-rolling technique to ensure even distribution of the paint coat. The technique is also applied to cover parts with holes and cracks.
- When choosing paints, be aware of the kind of materials to be painted. Different paint types are used for aluminum, stucco, brick and wood siding.
What about a DIY?
You might be tempted to do a DIY just to cut cost. That might not be a wise idea, especially if you don’t have knowledge and skills required in painting. It will usually just lead to a disaster that will eventually ruin your home’s interior beauty.
Stretch a little bit on the budget and hire a contractor to ensure you will have the perfect painting job that matches your home and lifestyle. Nobody is as good as a pro.