House painters are truly professionals offering great coverage to a home. They give it, in effect, a shell of weather-proof durability that is useful, utilitarian and meant to last.
The question is: whats the best way to find the best house painter? Every painting contractor website tells the consumer that his particular service is the best; one is faced with an embarrassment of riches, if only the websites were to be believed. Every house picture on every painting contractor website looks like a gem.
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However, thats obviously not the casethere are numerous house painters out there whose work may wear off, bubble off, puff or peel off within a very short time. And others will do a miraculous, long-lasting job. The horror stories are all over the place and the miracles as well; how does a homeowner know for sure that he wont wind up as a worst-case scenario?
There are five basic considerations to reckon with when trying to find the best house painterbefore any contracts are drawn up.
The first consideration: is the house painter licensed, insured and properly certified? All contractors for house painting must have these qualifications, and have to be documented as such by the state in which they work, to insure that they are best practice professionals in the business of painting.
They should also display (on websites or at their workplace, if the consumer is able to visit there), the proper training in specialized techniques for house painting, including types of paint, coverage methods and mixing methodology. All these disciplines have undergone a number of changes over the years, so that painting a house is no longer a matter of opening a can and stirring it. Not only are these trainings desirable, they are required by the Painting/Decorating Contractors central union (PDCA).
In addition, the painter should display excellent knowledge of techniques that enable him to paint houses, ductwork and trim of all surfaces, whether wood, metal or synthetic materials. The painter should demonstrate, in his completed work (and most established painters have portfolios either online or at their businesses) his special skills in dealing with the out of the way cornices, corners and hidden surfaces, which are the biggest problems of both interior and exterior house painting.
The next consideration is the location of the house painter. The PDCA website has thousands of listings of recommended (and excellent) house painters and contractors, all of them duly certified, licensed and insured. The trick is to find one in the immediate area.
This is an important consideration simply as a money saver. There are immediate benefits (and some fairly sizable savings to the homeowner) if he/she engages a trusted and certified professional contractor who is no more than a mile or so from the residence to be painted. One located out of town, say 50 to 70 miles away, is an unnecessary expense and headache, since it will cost far more to haul equipment and supplies to the location.
The contractor, after all, may need to do a two-story job, which may require hydraulic machinery or, at least, special reinforced ladders to complete the job. If the contractor is a mile away and needs to make a special trip for such equipment, its not a huge fuel and maintenance expense for him or his vehicle, which translates to less expense for the customer in the long run. The less distance, the less money paid for the job.
Finally, one should consider if the contractor is willing to provide references. Any good professional has numerous fine reviews and recommendations, and these are the absolute best indications of the quality of the painters work.
That, and the bottom line estimate, should be the most attractive elements of the finest house painters. And if he follows these considerations, the customer can have confidence in the painterthe job is covered.