It’s difficult to think about summer projects being just around the corner when we seem to be in the middle of winter, however, besides researching tasteful color combinations, now is the time to get your painter lined up for the summer.
These rainy winter months are when painters schedule their work for the upcoming exterior season, and they are already busy giving estimates and filling up their calendars. If you have been thinking you’ve got plenty of time to get your painter lined up, you may want to rethink that. Now is the time to find a painter that is qualified, reliable and will take proper care of one of your most important assets, your home.
Finding the right painter should involve a bid process with at least three different companies. Each painter has their own way of submitting bids, and it can be a bit overwhelming to analyze the different proposals. Not every painter is appropriate for every job, and you want to make sure you find the right one for your project.
Here Are Some Basic Qualifications Your Painter Should Be Able to Provide:
- An up-to-date contractor’s license
- Proof of insurance
You’ll Also Want to Learn:
- How long have they been in business?
- How do they price their work? Some bid by the project, others charge time and materials.
- What is the payment schedule?
- Who is going to be working on your project?
- How long will it take?
- What quality of paint do they plan to use? Labor costs stay the same regardless, but the quality of the paint can make a big difference in the lifespan of the job.
- Does the painter focus more on residential or commercial work? You do not want to hire a ‘blow-and-go’ painter or someone who does not understand the requirements of residential painting.
When You Receive Your Bid:
- It should include all the steps they are planning for prepping, priming, painting and clean-up. Everything should be clearly defined in the bid.
- Compare apples to apples. When reviewing a number of bids make sure you understand the scope of work defined in each bid – don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Execute Your Contract:
- Your contract should include the scope of work, total anticipated cost, payment schedule, start date and estimated end date. It should also call out each paint color, sheen and brand – specifying location of each color and sheen, plus the number of coats.
Don’t forget to specify clean-up responsibilities and guarantees on work. Finally, your contract should define what the steps are if there are any changes to the bid.
Next time, I’ll talk about how to make sure you pick the right paint. To help you in the process, Daly’s make house calls! Daly’s designers will come out and work with you to create the perfect color scheme, help you select the right painter and make sure your project goes smoothly. You can see our designers, request an appointment and learn more about what we offer by clicking here. If you would like to discuss your project further, I invite you to connect with me personally at email@example.com.