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Hiring a Painter? Ask These Important Questions!

Deciding to paint a room (or more) yourself or hire a professional painting company can be a big decision. Whether you’re looking for interior painting or exterior painting help, asking a few questions before you hire someone can make your project go a lot smoother.


Do I need to do anything before you arrive?

Asking if you need to do anything before someone comes in to paint is a good up front question. Some companies don’t require you to do anything, while others may ask you to move your own furniture or do your own prep work. While this may not be a make or break question for you, it’s good to know so you can prepare if needed.


Are you insured?

As a consumer, you should never consider working with a contractor that does not have insurance. If you’re not sure about the validity of a contractor’s insurance, call the insurance carrier and confirm its current.


What time will you begin and end each day?

Make sure you ask what time they will be starting each day and what time they will finish for the day. Also make sure you have a timeline for completion. Have a clear expectation as to how long they will be working in your home so they don’t interrupt your life.


Can I see your portfolio or contact references?

If they don’t have a portfolio or references, then they may not be qualified Any experienced painter has sample of their work.


What sort of prep work will you do?

Prep work is the most important step to any good paint job. Knowing what will be done by the crew is important. Some companies will cut costs by skipping over some prep work and just paint. This can lead to troubles in the future – such as bubbling or cracking paint – which would make you have to basically redo the project. You want to make sure the company you hire isn’t cutting their costs by skipping over important steps.


How many people will you have to complete this project?

And… are they employees or subcontractors? How long have they worked for you? It’s important to ask how many people will be on the project for a number of reasons. First, so you can know how many people may or may not be going into your home. If a company said 3 people, and then 8 showed up, that would be a concern.


Where will you store supplies & paint overnight during the job?

This is probably a question that isn’t thought about until the project is happening. It’s important to know because even if the project is estimated to take a few days, that doesn’t mean your life stops during that time. Making sure paint cans aren’t sitting in your driveway or hallways is an important safety measure, as well as stress reliever.


Be sure to be prepped with your questions, before you hire a painter! For more information on the finest homes in the Palm Beaches, contact an expert!  Call Tauber Real Estate Services at 561-626-4633.