How to find a good painter in the Mandurah area
So you have decided it is time to bring in a professional to paint your home. Whether you are doing the inside or outside there are many things to consider when making this important decision.
Steps to finding a good painter:
1.)Check to make sure that they have a contractor license.
2.)Get two or more references.
3.)Ask how long they have been in business.
4.)Get at least one other bid for the job to make sure they are not ripping you off.
5.)Find a painter that will give you pricing for small jobs over the phone.
6.)Get flat rate estimates so you know the total you will pay beforehand.
The best place to start asking about painters is your family and friends. Other good sources of referrals include contractors, real estate agents and your local paint supply store. Your city may even be able to provide a list of recommended painters who are familiar with the codes in your area. When asking for referrals, be sure to check the type of job the painter was called in to accomplish. Also, determine if the painter specializes in residential or commercial work.
Some good questions to ask:
Were you happy with the quality provided by the painting contractor?
Everybody has their own ideas of quality, so you should take a look at their house and judge for yourself. Pay attention to cut-in areas around doors, windows and trim. Are the lines straight and was caulking applied. Interior or exterior doesnt matter; proper surface preparation always leads to better, more pleasing results.
Did the painting contractor protect non-painted surfaces or areas?
For exteriors this includes concrete, roofing and plantings. For interiors moving and protecting furniture is a major concern but dont forget about the flooring. If a painter was sloppy with one customer chances are they will be sloppy with all of them. If you are left to clean up after your painter this will cost you more time and money and frustration.
Were they courteous and polite?
This is a very important consideration. The entire experience, from beginning to end, needs to be as stress free as possible. Plus if the house painter enjoys their job, the quality and attention to details will be better. The customers attitude can and will affect the entire paint job. Hopefully this will be the first question you ask. If the answer to this question is then do not go any further, you dont want to work with that person.
Is the warranty included?
If a warranty was included find out if it has a reasonable amount of time before expiring, 3 years is enough, and if it has any value. Simply stating a warranty isn’t enough. Get it in writing and understand its limitations! A good painter is happy to stand behind his warranty. Good paintersuse quality materials and know their level of expertise. If a painter will not offer a warranty this is a problem in my mind.
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