Painting your home, whether for aesthetic appeal or to rejuvenate aging walls, can significantly transform your living space. Yet, the difference between a meticulously executed paint job and a mediocre one lies largely in the hands of the professional you entrust with the task.
With countless individuals and companies branding themselves as painters, navigating the sea of options can feel overwhelming.
Welcome to Kind Home Solutions’ expert guide on hiring a painter for your home, where we’ll arm you with the essential knowledge, discerning questions, and insider tips to ensure you make an informed decision, bringing your vision to vibrant life.
Below are easy ways to find a professional painter for your home.
This is where you start when you’re ready to hire a painter. Head on over to Google and get to searching! Looking on Google will help you find a list of the top painters in your area.
A simple search like “best painters near me” or “best painters Denver” (with your city instead) will produce this list, and we suggest picking the three that you think stand out the most. This will give you a working list to start with. Take note of their website so that you can use it in your research.
This is one of the best ways you can determine how important customer satisfaction is to the company you’re looking at.
Most of these sites are free, but some, like Angie, require a paid subscription. Many companies will also include reviews on their site, but keep in mind that these are curated by the company in question.
Third-party sites tend to not filter the results and show you all relevant reviews.
Make sure to check these third-party sites, as they will give you a full picture of the company’s reputation. When looking at reviews, reading what other customers are saying will give you an idea of what your experience will be.
Not all reviews are going to be positive, as things happen. However, if there is a negative review, pay special attention to whether or not the company responded to the review, and if they’re offering to make the situation right.
This will let you know what they will do for you should something go wrong with your job.
Most companies will have a gallery on their website of houses they have painted.
Take a look at this gallery.
Is the quality of work up to your standards?
Are there houses similar to your house and do they look like quality paint jobs? This is a great way to see the quality of work you can expect at your house. If there isn’t a gallery of their work on their site, you can always ask for examples when you speak with the company.
However, not having a gallery might make you want to pause and ask why there isn’t one. Any reputable company should want their work represented on their site, and the pictures should speak for themselves.
One of the best things you can do when looking to hire a painter is to meet with them! You can get much more of a sense of what kind of company they are in person than just on the web. The web is a great place to start and learn a lot about a company.
Meeting face-to-face with a potential home painting company is a great time to get a feel for their commitment to their customers, as well as if they present themselves in a professional manner.
Companies that are professional from the start are much more likely to continue to be professional through the whole process.
Once you’ve done your online research, you should have a list of the top three companies that stood out to you in your search.
Typically, most house painting companies will offer a free estimate, so ask them if they do.
When doing an estimate on your painting job, the company should send a representative, usually an estimator, to come to your property to inspect it and craft a custom proposal for your home.
Be wary if the company says they can give you an estimate over the phone. To really know the amount of work that will go into painting your home, they should look at your house and inspect it in person to know how much paint will be required, and if there are any repairs that will need to be completed before painting.
Things like damaged siding, wood, or gutters will need to be properly repaired before painting, and it’s impossible to know this just from a picture of your house on the internet.
One of the most important reasons you want a detailed proposal is so that you can compare different companies and their pricing. To compare apples to apples, you want to make sure you understand each of the line items on the proposal.
For example, if the prep section of the proposal is different between companies, you need to understand what is included in that section.
Are both companies including the same amount of prep? Or is one doing significantly less prep and that is why their prep line item is so much less? That’s why it’s so important to know what is included in each line item; that way, you know what you’re comparing.
The time to ask questions is before you hire a painter, not after. This is your chance to make sure you understand all aspects of the painting process. Ask how long they expect the job to take, what their process is, and anything else you can think of.
A question you might not think of is what their crew consists of, who you will be meeting with, and if there will be a project supervisor who is in charge of your project from start to finish.
Having one point of contact, like a project supervisor, is really important to make sure that communication is smooth and that there is someone accountable for sticking to the original proposal.
Another question you might not think of is to about the proposal itself. If something is going to change in the scope of the job, make sure that it will be clearly communicated, and if there is going to be a change in the overall price of the job, you will be contacted and approve the change before moving forward. And, as stated above, if you don’t understand something in the proposal, make sure to ask.
When you’ve compared the quotes and picked the best one, ask for a written agreement.
This agreement should list:
Try not to pay with cash. But if you must, keep emails as proof of the cash payment. Without this, you might face issues later on.
Your painter may suggest a paint they like, but choose the one you prefer. Good outdoor paint shields your house from the sun and rain, which helps prevent damage.
Some paint recommendations:
If your house was made before 1978, the old paint might have lead in it. So, the painter will have to be extra careful. To find out if your paint has lead and how to handle it, check out how to spot lead paint in your house.
We hope that this has helped you know what you need to consider when looking for a house painting contractor. If you follow these suggestions, you should be able to decide which house painter will do the best job for you and your house.
While doing this research, we’d love it if you’d consider Kind Home Solutions for your home paint job. Request a free estimate here, or give us a call at 720-807-9068 to talk with one of our specialists.