If you are considering painting the inside or outside of your home, you are thinking about making needed repairs and upkeep on probably the largest investment you have ever made. Maintaining the exterior and interior of your home protects it from the elements, especially here in Florida. With the right contractor, you can add value to your investment and years to the life to your paint job.
Maybe you are thinking about doing the work yourself. A good plan, if you are not familiar with the new paint coatings on the market you should do some research to help you with your choices. Do not be afraid to spend on quality tools, they will pay dividends saving you time doing the labor. Get some roller covers, roller handles, roller screens, rolling poles, if you have higher walls, also get yourself some extension poles, add in brushes, drop cloths, scrapers, caulking gun and some small hand tools such as screw drivers and hammers for those small repairs. Add a set of good sturdy ladders to get to the eaves and the upper parts of your home. Also check your insurances to make sure they are all up to date just in case.
Or perhaps you thoughts are centering on hiring one of the ‘handymen’ who drives around neighborhoods in an old truck with or without his name on the door. Without sounding trite, there is such a thing as penny wise and pound foolish. What you may believe is a bargain may turn out to be one of the worst decisions you have made in a while.
Hiring a professional Painting Contractor is not as expensive as you may think. A good, reputable contractor will examine the areas to be painted and suggest the correct type of paint for the job. Certainly you decide what color you want, but your contractor will suggest the type of paint that is the best value for the job you need done.
After examination advise if any areas need prep work like scraping or filling in cracks. Perform exact measurements to help save money by ensuring the correct amount of material is ordered for the job.
We will give you a written estimate that includes all charges. The contractor will sign the estimate and that is exactly how much you will pay unless there are changes during the course of the job.
We will give you an idea of the schedule and depending on site and weather conditions, when the job will be completed.
There is no doubt you will be able to tell the difference in the finished job between that of a professional and someone who just grabs a brush and calls himself a painter for the day. There will be no paint splatters on your window panes, no drips on your carpet, not foot prints across your tiles or wood floors, no discoloration of your garden or grass. The only evidence that a Painting Contractor has been at your home is a beautiful paint job. No garbage or debris is left behind.
A quality painting contractor will always use the utmost care when performing services at your home. Still, a contractor accepts the liability when performing your work, the contracting company will carry specific premises liability insurance along with their general liability insurance. If there is any accident at all, the Painting Contractor’s insurance company pays for everything. Any accident with the paint, the insurance company will cover any damage to your property.
If your home or office was built prior to 1978 there is a good possibility that lead paint was used either on the interior or exterior of the premises. Your licensed Painting Contractor will be able to tell you whether you have lead paint or not. There are special steps that need to be followed when removing lead paint. Not only will your Painting Contractor give you a pamphlet from the EPA that outlines the health risks of lead paint, it goes through the details of what it takes to safely remove it from your property. The paint companies will follow these guidelines to the letter as is required by the EPA. We live in a beautiful, growing city. We live among good, honest neighbors. Some of our neighbors are considered to be Senior Citizens. There are unscrupulous people who prey on our Seniors. These people may come to your door and tell you they see that your house needs painting and give you a very low-ball estimate:
Ask to see a copy of their business license
Ask to see a copy of their liability insurance
Ask for three references that you can call as well as go by and see what kind of job was done
Check their names with the Better Business Bureau
A professional Painting Contractor will provide all this with a smile and no excuses
A good contractor lives by his good reputation