Is your house looking a bit drab? There’s nothing like a new coat of exterior house paint to get your home looking loved and cared for again.

Keeping the paintwork on your home fresh not only looks good but also protects your home from damage by the elements. Refreshing the exterior paint colors will keep your home looking modern, affect the temperature inside, and increase the resale value of your home as well.

If you’re considering hiring a painting service, read on for five things that will help you choose the right contractor for the job.

1. Does the Painting Contractor Have References or Reviews?

It only takes a quick conversation to find out whether the painting service you’re considering hiring gave a good service or not. Happy customers will be eager to sing the praises for excellent work. If their experience was not so great, you’ll get to hear about that too.

Painting contractors that pride themselves in their work will be happy to supply you with a substantial list of previous clients that you can speak to directly. Customer reviews are important too. You can also check out their customer reviews online. It won’t take you long to browse through what people are saying and it can help you choose the right contractor.

2. What Preparation Work Will Be Done Before Painting? 

The preparation work done before painting begins is as important as the painting process. If there are shortcuts taken in the preparation will compromise the paint job. It won’t look good and it probably won’t last as long as it should. Make sure you discuss the contractor’s prep process in detail, get it in writing, dated, and signed.

Good preparation includes filling and fixing any holes. Surfaces should be scraped or sanded to take off the old paint. If there are damp spots,  Find out how many workers will be part of the preparation team. 

3. What Products and Paint Will Be Used?

Find out what paint the contractor will use on your walls. A premium-grade paint is the best exterior paint as it gives excellent coverage and will stay looking good for longer. Cheaper grades of paint don’t offer good coverage and will require more coats to cover the old paint job. Other issues, such as bleed-through and visible brush marks, are common with low-grade paint.

4. Discuss Budget and Get a Detailed Quotation

Talk through what services your contractor offers and what costs are involved. Find out if there’ll be any unexpected costs that might crop up. Agree on a set budget and ask for a detailed quotation in writing, with a full breakdown of the work that will be done.

Keep in mind that the cheapest quote isn’t a guarantee of quality workmanship. Any changes you make to color or additional work will change the price from your quotation. 

5. Will the Job Come With a Warranty?

Your painting contractor should be willing to give your a warranty on their work in writing. Make sure it includes the specific length of the warranty, not a vague statement. For a premium-quality paint job, a warranty of five years is good.

Stephen James Painting For Superior Exterior House Paint Work

Serving the Central Coast with quality exterior house paint services for over 15 years, Stephen James Painting is ready to help you get your home bright and shiny again. Our professional painters have the experience to offer you exterior paint ideas, provide full quotations, and get the job done in good time with beautiful results.

If you’re hunting for a painting contractor, browse our latest work and contact us today!