Selecting an Exterior House Painter

Jen Jones
Painting the exterior of your house can be a time-consuming process. With most homes taking several days to paint, it may take you over a month to complete the exterior painting if you can only paint on the weekends. Hiring a professional house painter may be the best option for you if you are low on available time or physically unable to complete the entire project. In order to select the best exterior painter for your home, it is important to conduct proper research to make sure the painter is the best for the job.

Sources to find a painter

The first people you should ask for information on a good exterior painter are your family, friends, and coworkers. Word of mouth is always the best form of advertising, and you can always trust those close to you to give an honest opinion on the painters. If your friends have not had an exterior paintjob done recently, you can also check your local paint store, the Better Business Bureau, or check online.

When checking out the local paint store for recommendations, make sure that you are not going to a major home improvement center. According to studies, most professional house painters purchase their paints, brushes, and rollers from local stores over commercial stores. Take an opportunity to talk with a few workers in the store. Discuss the information about your paintjob—such as how many stories your home has, the type of work to be done, and any other relevant information—and find out if they know anyone who would be good for the job.

Another good source is the Better Business Bureau. Even if you already have a painter in mind, you should still go to the Bureau to find out how well, or not well, that painter worked out for other homeowners. They have records for up to three years on local contractors, with the records being comments by customers. This will provide you with the ability to select a painter with positive comments and a good reputation.

Although the Internet may not be the best source, it is a good stepping stone to finding out names of local exterior painters. Take advantage of the Internet search options to search for an exterior painter in your city or zip code. This will provide you with names or companies, and you can verify these names with the Better Business Bureau for confirmation if they are or are not good painters with positive recommendations.

Questions to ask the sources

The first question you should ask your sources is if they are happy with the quality the exterior painters provided. Check out the house and pay attention to details involving the paintjob. Make sure you take notice of the areas around the doors and windows to see if the lines are straight. Another area you should examine is the grass and plants near the exterior of the home. Protecting non-painted surfaces is important for a house painter to do, and that includes plants, walkways, and the roofing.

You should also ask how the painters acted towards the homeowners. Their treatment towards the homeowners is important because the entire house painting experience should not be stressful at all. Exterior painting schedules can change due to weather, but the painters arriving every morning at a reasonable time can ensure that your home’s exterior will be painted within the schedule.

With any job dealing with home repair or remodeling, it is vital to have a paint warranty included when hiring an exterior painter. If your sources inform you that their painter did not use a warranty, be wary of hiring this painter. Warranties are important to have in writing since there are factors which can affect the paintjob, and the warranty will help in case the paintjob becomes damaged.

Finding a good exterior painter takes more work than flipping open the yellow pages, thumbing over to the painters section, and picking a house painter at random. Take your time to talk with friends, neighbors, and workers at the local paint store to see if they have recommendations. Once you have a list of reliable names, check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against them. Once you have narrowed it down, you can be sure the exterior painting process will not be stressful at all.

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