Choosing among local painters can give you unexpected headaches as they always market themselves as the best. They try to complicate things by throwing in some wow factors, like unique procedures and exclusive materials. However, the selection process can actually be simplified. All you need is to stick with these guidelines.
1. Compare prices using the specified work.
A common mistake many people commit when comparing prices of different local painters is comparing by service. It is easy to see who offers the most affordable and most expensive services this way, but painters usually change prices according to the demands of the work. Hence, prices wont matter if your demands vary from their package.
A more accurate method of comparison is by presenting the specific work requirements to all local painters you check out so that they can estimate all the material expenses and labor costs. Specify which areas you want them to work on, how fast (expedited work usually means additional charges), what color and gloss you prefer, what additional materials you want to add, and what painting techniques you want to use.
2. Have all price quotes written or sent to you.
Not all local painters understand the value of integrity. A dishonest few would suddenly change prices upon seeing the actual work area, usually due to wrong estimations and plain dishonesty. For your own interest, have everything written and recorded.
3. Ask for proposals.
Not all local painters will be too excited to give you ideas before hiring them, but you need to know even the basics. These basics include the surface preparation of the wall and what process to do; the brands of paint they are going to use; the process of priming; and the number of coats per surface. It is also wise to ask what specific additional service they can recommend probably for aesthetic purposes.
You need to do your own research about industry standards so that youll know when the local painters you are talking with are giving you more or less.
4. Look at their past work/clients.
You need to know the quality of work they rendered in the past through past projects. It is even better if they can give contacts of clients for you to ask recommendations from.
5. Ask how they plan to protect your assets.
Many people ask about the set-up because they are more concerned about what machines and equipment are going in and out of their houses. Does it really matter? The real concern should be how your house and the rest of your assets will be protected against possible damages from the procedure.
How will the local painters separate the work area from the rest? What things should be moved out of your house? What protection will be used to cover the floor and fixed furniture? 6. Get the work schedule.
Know how many people will be in your house and when will they be working. You need that to fix your own schedule and have someone supervise the house. There should also be a timetable so youll know when they are ahead or behind schedule for every phase of the project.
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