With so many professional painters out there to choose from, it can be hard to know who has the expertise to create a paint job that you’re proud of. How do you know if you are dealing with an experienced professional painter, or just someone with little experience trying to make some money? In the following article, we’ll list 5 important questions to ask your painter before they begin their work. This will help you to decide who is up to the task, and who you should steer clear from. Ultimately, your choice of painter could be the difference between a beautiful, long-lasting paint job and a disaster. Be sure to do your research!
1. How much experience do you have?
One of the most important questions to ask a professional painter is how long they have been painting. You want to know how much experience they have had in the job. This will reassure you that the painter is able to complete the paint job up to your standards. To gain a better understanding of their experience you could ask how long they have worked in the trade. You could also ask for references or testimonials, or ask for some pictures/examples of previous work they have completed. A good professional painter will happily show you some references and examples, as they are proud to showcase their work. If they have satisfied many of their clients in the past, it’s likely that they have the attention to detail that you need for your home as well. If they are hesitant to discuss their experience or their references, you will want to find another painter. It is likely that they’re too inexperienced to complete the job to a high standard.
2. Are you insured?
You’ll want to make sure that your painter is insured, as sometimes things can go wrong! Your painter should be able to protect you and your home in the case of an accident, ensuring that you won’t be held liable for the damages they cause. This will also cover your home in the case of an employee getting injured whilst working there. Ask to see a copy of their insurance, making sure that it’s valid and up to date. The risks associated with an uninsured professional painting team working on your home could be very high, so it’s vital that you check this over with them before they begin work on your house.
3. How long will the job take?
We all know the exciting feeling that comes with a new home renovation. However, that feeling can quickly turn to impatience when the renovation takes longer than expected. The last thing you want is the rooms in your house being out of action for longer than you anticipated. If you need to continue to use the rooms that are being painted, ask your painter how long the job will take. Estimates may vary, depending on how many walls or rooms are to be painted, whether you are getting home interior painting or exterior painting etc. A professional painter should be able to give you an accurate estimate on the time it will take to complete. They should work to an attainable time plan in order to minimise the disruptions to your household. Contact our team of experts here to book a free quote and discuss how long your job may take.
4. What kind of preparation do you do?
Preparation is extremely important in the world of painting. Applying paint to a wall that has not been adequately prepared will cause adhesion problems. This leaves the paint to bubble and flake away from the surface of the wall. Preparation is essential to achieving a complete, refined paint job finish, so be sure that your painter takes it seriously. Ask them about their process and discuss with them the level of care you expect the painter to provide. Don’t settle for painters who are vague or lazy with their preparation. This will cause a short life span for your paint job, wasting your time and money.
5. Do you use high quality paints?
When home interior painting, particularly the walls, doors and skirting boards in high traffic areas will be subject to general wear and tear. For this reason, you’ll want to ensure that your painter is using a high-quality paint that is durable and long-lasting. If you’re home exterior painting, you’ll want your paint to withstand the harsh UV rays and the levels of moisture that your walls are subjected to. High quality paints are manufactured using expensive additives and chemicals which allow the paint to bond extremely well with the surface. Ask your painter what brand and type of paint they will be using, and research it online to determine its quality.
If you’re looking for a highly regarded professional painting team to complete a brand-new paint job for your home, the team at SG coatings has you covered. Our professional painters can answer all of your questions, guaranteeing a smooth painting process from start to finish. For an incredible paint job that will stand the test of time, contact SG Coatings. You can read more about our team, our values and the work that we do by clicking here. If you’re looking to book in a free design consultation or a free painting quote to discuss home interior or exterior painting in Bayside, Mornington Peninsula or Southeast Melbourne please contact us here today.