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Make sure you read other customer's reviews and check contractor's previous projects pictures, get a detailed report about how they plan to prep your house for the painting, as holes, bad spots, etc., must be covered, all surfaces scraped and sanded. Get to know how many workers will be involved in the process and for how long. Also, get the entire process of preparation in writing, be certain about the grade of paint that will be used and you should always opt for premium quality paint as it will start bleeding through after a short time.
Is crucial to use high-grade paint rather than save a few dollars and go for inferior quality, potential savings on material cost severely compromises the quality and longevity of your project. Although all paints look the same from the outside, a high-quality paint uses better ingredients and fewer fillers, which will help you get a long-lasting finish, better and longer protection with a better manufacturer’s warranty. On the other hand, low-quality paint will experience chalking, fading, peeling, and cracking not very long after completing the project. They will also not wash well and scruff easily.
Picking the right colors for your project could be a daunting task, however, it varies on the homeowner's likes and interests, and there’s no absolute formula to adhere to. Go through paint brochures that come up with new ideas on different color schemes. You can consult with major paint stores on what are the most popular colors. Go through house painting apps, which will give you a broad spectrum. Take suggestions from your painting contractor as he might be able to give you the safest options.
Preparations include washing outside, scraping, caulking, filling, sanding, priming, etc. Most professional painters also remove draperies, switch-plates, hardware, outside shutters, hose reels, or any temporary attachments before painting and then replace them afterward. Before the paint coat is applied, some even do wood trims and siding replacements. Indoor preparations may include covering, moving, caulking, sanding, priming, before applying finish coats, etc. Both inside and outside, precautions such as covering with plastic sheathing, using canvas drop cloths are mandatory.
A typical consultation will take about 30 minutes from start to finish. The estimator will visit your proposed project, when he comes to meet with you and do a tour around the entire area before preparing and presenting to you his final proposal, you can lay down your requirements and concerns before him, who will offer suggestions based on his experience to help you come up with the perfect plan for your painting project. Once these initial clarifications are taken care of, the estimator will prepare your proposal and mention details about all the services that need to be performed along with prices.
Professional painting services costs depend on the type of project, the scope of the project, if it is a big project, the number of coats required, the kind of paints being used, latex paints and enamel paints can be expensive, the painting pattern you choose matters. Specialty painting patterns such as textured painting or stencil painting are pricey compared to the other conventional painting patterns. The standard cost of hiring a painter ranges from $2 to $6 for each sq. ft. or $8 to $50 per hour. However, we recommend visiting our website and comparing the best rates offered by our service partners. As mentioned, the cost depends on a lot of factors.