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What to Know Before Hiring a Painter

If you own a home, at some point during your time living there you will likely need (or want) to give it a fresh coat of paint. A new coat of paint can not only help your house stay looking good but also prevent it from natural wear and tear. You may consider painting your home yourself, but this can be quite time-consuming and may require you to purchase special equipment. Your other option is to hire a professional painter to do the job.

There are a few things you should consider when deciding whether to hire a painter and find the right one for your home.

What to Know Before Hiring a Painter

Hire or Do It Yourself?

When deciding to paint your home yourself or hire a professional, there are a variety of factors you should look at beyond the advantage of potentially saving some money. Many homeowners view painting as a simple task and feel they can save some cash by getting outside and going it on their own. While this may be the case, it is important to consider the time spent, safety risks, and the quality of work vs that of a professional.

You may save a few dollars on labor costs but painting your own home can be extremely time-consuming. If you’re working on your own, the entire job could take weeks or even months if you are only working on the weekends. Ask yourself if you truly want to spend all of your upcoming free time painting.

Depending on the size of your house, the painting will likely involve climbing and balancing atop very tall ladders while leaning, reaching, and performing other movements that may test your abilities. Professional painters are trained to handle this type of physical strain and take the proper safety precautions. If you decide to paint your home yourself, make sure you are equally prepared.

Painting may seem easy but there are a few tricks and difficult-to-reach spots that professionals are acutely aware of. These small details tend to make a large difference when it comes to the quality of your paint job.

Preparing for Professionals

If you decide to hire professional painters, their primary job will be to paint so there are a few things you can do to help prepare your home for them and ensure they can work quickly and efficiently.

In the rooms where your painters will be working, move all of the furniture out of the room or at least to the center. This will make it easier for the painters to cover them and work around them. Also remove any wall hangings, outlet covers, and switch plates. It is also helpful to designate a specific staging area where your painters can store their tools and paint where it won’t be in anyone’s way.

It may be counterintuitive to clean walls that are about to be painted, but it can actually make a huge difference. New paint will highlight any existing dirt or imperfections with a nice new sheen so do your best to remove any of this before painting begins. This can be as simple as a light wipe down with a soapy sponge. Be sure to allow time for your walls to dry before your painters arrive.

What to Expect from Your Painter

When you hire a professional, not only should the end job look good, but there are certain standards that all painters should have. From the start of the job, your painter should do a walk-through of your home to determine their costs and provide you with a detailed estimate. Professionals will take many measurements and likely ask a lot of questions in order to zero in on their price. Also make sure they provide you with a complete breakdown for your estimate, not just a random number.

Your painter should also maintain a level of professionality throughout all of their interactions with you. This includes showing up on time, communicating appropriately, answering your questions, and keeping your space clean. You should also check to make sure they have the required insurance and licenses for professional painters in your area.

Century Painting in Charlotte, NC

If you are looking for a qualified painter to get the job done right, look no further than Century Painting. We have been serving Charlotte and the surrounding areas for years, and we would love the opportunity to help with your painting needs. We are happy to give you a free quote, so complete our contact form today, or give us a call!