How to choose a reliable house painter every time

Edmonton House Painters - Choosing the right painter for your home

At some point your house is going to need to be painted. Many homeowners choose to paint their houses themselves. It is a simple enough task that can be done, as long as you have the right tools and take your time. However, there are certain advantages to hiring house painters. It does save you time and effort, and there are certain results that you can only get when a professional paints your house for you. But how do you find a reliable house painter? More importantly, how do you find a reliable house painter every time you need one?

You may luck out by looking in the yellow pages, but a surefire way to find a good painter is to go through a step-by-step process. The best way to find a painter is through recommendations. You can usually go to your friends or family for that. They can tell you if they had a good or bad experience with any painters in the area. You need to get a list of several painters or contracting companies, not just one or two.

If, by chance, your friends can’t recommend any house painters, you can look in the phone book. It’s important to look the companies up on the BBB website. Look to see their rating with the BBB, if they have one. You can also find out if there are any major complaints against their company. This technique applies to companies you may get from your friends and family as well.

Communication is key

Once you find a couple of painters that you think may be a good fit for you, call them up and ask them questions about the painting process. For example, what time will they start in the morning? What will they do to protect the rest of your property from paint stains? Will they provide all of the equipment needed? Reliable painters should be available to come out and look at your house before committing to a project. They should be able to walk you through what they plan to do step by step. They should also be able to assuage your concerns and fears. You want a painter that is going to communicate with you, and be able to give you a realistic cost estimate based on your project.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their billing practices. Do they require all of the money up front? Or do they want half up front, and the other half after the job is finished? Some companies have a billing technique called retainage. Retainage is when you hold a portion of the total payment over until 30 days past the completion of the project. This is to ensure that the company will come back and fix what is wrong or repair any damage that may have been done. This type of payment plan is preferred by home owners, because it shows that the painters are not only reliable, but are willing to work with the home owners beyond the completion of the job.