3 Tips for Hiring a Painting Company

So the “Silly Season” for painters is about to begin. I got my first call for an exterior painting estimate on the very first day of spring from a client who I did interior painting for last summer. Indianapolis area painting contractors have about a six-month window to do exterior painting every year. Rain and wind will claim about a month of that time. The first tip is for exterior painting. Tips 2 and 3 apply to hiring a painting company or painting contractor for both exterior and interior painting projects.

  1. If you are planning to have the exterior of your house painted this summer, now is the time to get estimates and get on a painter’s schedule. You don’t want to schedule your painting project too early in the spring or too late in the fall – a good rule of thumb is that the outside temperature should be above 60 degrees (even at night) for proper drying and curing.
  2. Ask if they carry liability insurance – don’t be shy about requesting a copy of their proof of coverage. If the painting company can’t produce it before you make a decision, that should help you make your decision.
  3. Ask what paint they will be using. Name brand of paint is not enough; ask what quality or grade they use. Paint companies manufacture several grades of paint – from low end, contractor grade to custom, top of the line paint. A top of the line paint will not add that much to the total cost of the project but will greatly increase the lifetime of the finish. I always tell my clients and prospects that the labor cost is the same, so why not use the product that gives you the maximum return for your dollar?

If the exterior of your house looks like it needs painting, it is probably over-due. The longer you wait, the more it could cost you.

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