If you need to have the exterior of your home repainted, you may be considering hiring a professional. While this can definitely be a less stressful and more time efficient way to get the job done, finding the right painter can prove to be challenging. Whether there are several exterior home painters in your area, or just a few, here are three things to make sure of when hiring a professional painter.
1. Make Sure They Really Are Professional
Anyone with scaffolding equipment, a ladder, a paintbrush and the right color of paint can claim to be a professional painter. However, just because someone can paint, doesn't necessarily mean they are professionals.
The professional exterior home painter you hire should have the following qualifications:
- They have some experience and plenty of knowledge
- They have their own website
- They belong to a professional organization, such as the Painting Contractors Association
In order to prove they do have experience, you can ask them outright how many years they have been in the painting business. You can also look for this information on their website.
2. Make Sure They Can Provide References
When it comes to exterior home painters, you will want to make sure they have plenty of satisfied customers. In order to determine this, you can simply ask them to provide references. Don't be afraid to contact some of these references and ask them specific questions.
Some good questions to ask include:
- How long did it take for the painter to do the job?
- Did the painter follow safety regulations?
- Did the painter stick with their original quote?
It is in your best interest to ensure that a painter does what they say they are going to do and sometimes the only way to know this is by contacting their previous customers. If you don't want to do this, you can look for testimonials on their website or check with the Better Business Bureau.
3. Make Sure They Have the Proper Insurance
All exterior home painters should have general liability insurance with at least 1 million dollars in coverage. By having the proper insurance, the painter will be able to protect their assets, as well as your property.
For instance, if there is an accident while they were on the job and it caused your home to be damaged in some way, their insurance would cover the replacement costs. When asked, they should be able to provide proof of proper insurance.